"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 to oppress the public, and who accordingly have, upon many occasions, both deceived and oppressed it." - pages 142-143, Adam Smith, PDF version of "Wealth of Nations" transcribed by the Gutenberg Project. You can download a text copy from http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3300.
Who are this "order of men”? Those who live by profit.
Who has Donald Trump appointed to be in his administration? Billionaires who have lived by profit many times over. Is this a populist government? Do pigs fly?
Given my small readership, I doubt you can make much influence. But who knows how much influence you might have by passing this on to your Senators and Representatives?
The above quote originally appeared in “The Invisible Adam Smith”, 2012-10-25 Only 146 have viewed this page to date. I feel like I’m just blowing in the wind. But, Bob Dylan wrote, “The answer is blowin’ in the wind, my friend.”