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The rule of the rich? : Adam Smith's argument against political power

Author: Susan E Gallagher
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1998.
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The Rule of the Rich provides a historical account of Adam Smith's case for free enterprise. By locating Smith's work within the context of eighteenth-century aristocratic society, this book shows that his defense of the free market system issued not from any devotion to individual liberty, but from his aristocratic conviction that the passion for private gain undermines the integrity of political authority.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gallagher, Susan E.
Rule of the rich?.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1998
(DLC) 98020730
(OCoLC)39195324
Named Person: Adam Smith; Adam Smith; Adam Smith; Adam (Philosoph) Smith
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan E Gallagher
ISBN: 0585282447 9780585282442
OCLC Number: 45728605
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 141 pages)
Contents: Commerce and the question, who should rule? --
Thanks, but no thanks: Mandeville's defense of court Whig hypocrisy --
Bolingbroke's search for a patriot king --
Hume's critique of the Whig supremacy --
Adam Smith and the end of aristocracy.
Responsibility: Susan E. Gallagher.

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The Rule of the Rich provides a historical account of Adam Smith's case for free enterprise. By locating Smith's work within the context of eighteenth-century aristocratic society, this book shows that his defense of the free market system issued not from any devotion to individual liberty, but from his aristocratic conviction that the passion for private gain undermines the integrity of political authority.

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