Economic ideas: Adam Smith on free trade, crony capitalism, and the benefits from commercial society

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December 19, 2016
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  
Posted in Commentary

"Adam Smith's central contribution to economic understanding was surely his demonstration that under an institutional arrangement of individual liberty, property rights, and voluntary exchange the self-interested conduct of market participants could be shown to be consistent with a general betterment of the human condition. The emergence of a social system of division of labor makes men interdependent for the necessities, amenities and luxuries of life. But in the free, competitive market order every individual can only access what others in society can supply him with by offering them something in exchange that they value more highly than what is being asked from them in trade." (12/19/16)  

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