Adam Smith and Capitalism Essay by Eviv

Adam Smith and Capitalism
A look at Adam Smith's reaction to the deception he believed capitalism is based on.
# 45513 | 1,346 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2003 in Sociology (Theory) , Sociology (General) , Political Science (General)

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This paper goes into detail about why, in spite of the fact that he acknowledged that it is based on superficiality and deception, Adam Smith liked capitalism.

From the Paper:

"In a capitalist society, people are continually deceived into thinking that accumulation will make them happy. Smith felt so calm in his discovery that capitalist society was based on this deception for a few reasons. Perhaps the most significant of factors was that he liked capitalism a lot, and so his faith in it could not be outweighed by something he considered to be a relatively minor issue. He saw very many benefits in capitalism as opposed to any other system because it allowed for soft political rule and for the improvement of lands and products. On top of this, even though deception has the connotation of being superficial or bad, he acknowledged that people like deception they like trivialities and to have fun. While he valued wisdom and deep, philosophical thinking, he recognized, at the same time, that nobody would want to be wise continuously for all of his or her life."

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