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Saving Adam Smith: A Tale of Wealth, Transformation, and Virtue by Jonathan B. Wight

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Chapter 4 Will the Real Adam Smith Please Stand Up?

"So, Dr. Smith," I asked, "what is this urgent message for the world? You want people to know the secrets of wealth? The gains from trade?"

"Of course, of course. Quite essential."

Harold was breathing deeply, emoting now this richer voice of "Smith." The sunlight coming through the half-drawn shades of Julia's living room cast his face in partial shadow.

"But perhaps that's rushing the cart," he continued. "Perhaps people worry about wealth, when they should ask whether wealth is the final goal? Eh?"

"We can assume that most people want wealth."

"Yes, we can assume that," he sighed, "but use logic. If something happens to be an important goal, does that make it the most important?"

"A heavy ...

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