But those exert…
But those exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the security of the whole society are, and ought to be, restrained by the laws of all governments; of the most free, as well as or for the most despotical…..Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
I don’t know where the Libertarians and conservatives get off using Adam Smith as one of their heroes.
I don’t even get where they get off using his one phrase about the “invisible hand” to justify everything else that he was writing about.
He’s probably one of the most misinterpreted individuals I’ve ever had the chance to read.
And this possibly deliberate and gross misinterpretation of his meaning is probably one of the most dangerous and harmful memes our society has ever come up with, second perhaps, to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of the individual over the society.
Think about it.