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

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Chapter 6 Self Interest Is Not Selfishness

Smith prattled on through the rest of our main course and I wanted to choke him. All that babble to Susan Mitchell! With disappointment on her face, and unrestrained glee on Burgy's, the two retreated from the table. If guilt were by association, I was ruined. Prestigious economic prizes were given for deducing theories, complex mathematical ones! Assumptions didn't matter as long as the prediction worked: Nobel laureate Milton Friedman showed us that. Smith's silly jabber about bees would do me little good with the Samuelson Committee.

"All for themselves and nothing for other people," Smith intoned as we sat with our desserts, twenty minutes later into this unmitigated disaster of a lunch. "That has ...

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