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

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Chapter 10 The Lady Sings

Smith formed that enigmatic smile of his. "This fellow, Jimmy, had food and shelter enough. Did you not hear right? It was his pride that was wounded. His emotional attachment to that superceded his material deprivations. Aside from him, that place was filled with reasonably happy people—a roof over their heads, their bellies full, and surrounded by friends. What more is there?"

"Quite a lot," I replied. "We've got to assume that those rich people in the sky-boxes must be even more contented, since they had the option of going to a sports bar, but decided, instead, to go to the stadium. Their choice couldn't be irrational."

Smith chuckled. "People engage in self-deception all the time, but let's forget that." He stifled ...

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