Friday, 10 January 2020

""The man of system seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board.



"The man of system ... is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it... He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board. He does not consider that ... in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might chuse to impress upon it."
          ~ Adam Smith, from his Theory of Moral Sentiments
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1 comment:

  1. https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson_how_economic_inequality_harms_societies?language=en

    A good example of the above quote.

    Oddball

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