24.9.2011 kl. 14:55

Það er agalegt hvernig frjálshyggjuliðið hefur eignað sér Adam Smith. Smith var þroskaður og skynsamur pólítískur hugsuður sem ætti enga samleið með þeim væri hann uppi í dag.

Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.


No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. It is but equity, besides, that they who feed, clothe and lodge the whole body of the people should have such a share of the produce of their own labor as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed and lodged.


It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.

- Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments. That wealth and greatness are often regarded with the respect and admiration which are due only to wisdom and virtue; and that the contempt, of which vice and folly are the only proper objects, is often more unjustly bestowed upon poverty and weakness, has been the complaint of moralists in all ages.

- Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Noam Chomsky er einn af þeim sem hefur bent á mýtur hægrimanna um Smith. Hann orðar þetta ágætlega:

I didn’t do any research at all on Smith. I just read him. There’s no research. Just read it. He’s pre-capitalist, a figure of the Enlightenment. What we would call capitalism he despised. People read snippets of Adam Smith, the few phrases they teach in school. Everybody reads the first paragraph of The Wealth of Nations where he talks about how wonderful the division of labor is. But not many people get to the point hundreds of pages later, where he says that division of labor will destroy human beings and turn people into creatures as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human being to be. And therefore in any civilized society the government is going to have to take some measures to prevent division of labor from proceeding to its limits.

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Sindri | 24.9.2011 kl. 17:40

Heyr, Heyr!

Arnaldur | 26.9.2011 kl. 11:30

Mjög þarfleg samantekt hjá þér.

Svakaleg þessi tilvísun í 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments'. Þetta er svo ægilega satt hjá honum.

Eiki | 27.9.2011 kl. 16:12

Hér er lýsing á Öskjuhlíðinni:
"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."

Hér er síðan kaflinn sem Chomsky vitnar í:
"The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects, too, are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding, or to exercise his invention, in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. The torpor of his mind renders him not only incapable of relishing or bearing a part in any rational conversation, but of conceiving any generous, noble, or tender sentiment, and consequently of forming any just judgment concerning many even of the ordinary duties of private life."

Nafnlaus gunga | 27.9.2011 kl. 17:20
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