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Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness by John E. Hill

By John E. Hill

This ebook examines Adam Smith’s major rules in Wealth of Nations because the foundation for powerful policymaking. Adam Smith desired to raise happiness via this formulation for a great lifestyles: equality, liberty, and justice. unfastened industry interpretations of Smith, the ebook argues, grossly misrepresent his idea, emphasizing in simple terms liberty and never additionally equality and justice. This booklet indicates rules that mix all 3 to ensure that happiness to be maximized.

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Adam Smith’s Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness

This booklet examines Adam Smith’s major rules in Wealth of countries because the foundation for powerful policymaking. Adam Smith desired to bring up happiness via this formulation for an excellent lifestyles: equality, liberty, and justice. unfastened industry interpretations of Smith, the e-book argues, grossly misrepresent his suggestion, emphasizing basically liberty and never additionally equality and justice.

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The remaining 23 referred to the administration of justice, justice in a legal sense. Obviously, comments on legal justice also have important implications for fairness. These numbers also minimize the connection between liberty and justice because six times when liberty appears alone, justice is clearly implied. ”61 Justice in the Legal Sense Unfortunately, justice requires an umpire. Why is it that athletic contests have referees when all of the players supposedly know the rules of the game? In economics, the stakes are so much higher, but one might question whether all the players know the rules (certainly, some play by their own rules—see the discussion of white-collar crime in Chap.

Administration of justice is a government function, the second of three government functions Smith endorsed in Wealth of Nations. He wrote that government’s role was to protect everyone in the society from injustice by anyone else in society. ”64 Smith, in short, advocated a larger role for government than laissez-faire supporters believe is appropriate. Smith knew that business people conspired against consumers: People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or JUSTICE, LIBERTY, AND EQUALITY: ADAM SMITH’S POLITICAL ECONOMY 35 in some contrivance to raise prices.

30. Charles L.  128. 31.  7. 32. Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Edwin Cannan, ed.  273. 33.  5. 34.  97, 102, and 110. 35.  Barber, Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole (New York: W. W.  50–51, and throughout. 36.  111. 37.  27. 38.  69. 39.  153. 40. Johan Norberg, “The Scientist’s Pursuit of Happiness,” Policy 21, no.  13. 41.  233. 42.  22, 128, and 138–139. 43.  16–20. 44.  32. 45.  19. 46. Darrin M.

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