Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Neat Quote
Adam Smith is not absolutely perfect, but he's good enough that some of his writing gets suppressed.
To widen the market and to narrow the competition is always the interest of the dealers... The proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce which comes from this order, ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted, till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention. It comes from an order of men, whose interest is never exactly the same with that of the public, who have generally an interest to deceive and even oppress the public, and who accordingly have, upon many occasions, both deceived and oppressed it.
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, page 267, Glasgow edition

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