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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

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Monday October 27, 2003
11:11 PM

As stupid and ignorant

[ #15421 ]
Dear Log,

«"The understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments. The man whose life is spent in performing a few simple operations... has no occasion to exert his understanding... He generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become."»

--Adam Smith: "The Wealth of Nations"

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  • One thing that has often struck me as curious about conservatives in the US is their misguided worship of Adam Smith. Adam Smith was undeniably a genius, but modern conservaties have recreated him after a fashion that I suspect he would object to. Adam Smith was not a laissez-faire capitalist who felt their was no role for government as demonstrated by another telling quote on that page:

    The third and last duty of the sovereign or commonwealth is that of erecting and maintaining those public institutions