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March 16, 2013

The Man of System

They hold in contempt the divine maxim of Plato, and consider the state as made for themselves, not themselves for the state.

The great object of their reformation, therefore, is to remove those obstructions; to reduce the authority of the nobility; to take away the privileges of cities and provinces, and to render both the greatest individuals and the greatest orders of the state, as incapable of opposing their commands, as the weakest and most insignificant. -- Adam Smith Theory of Moral Sentiments @ Belmont Club

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 16, 2013 10:54 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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