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The Wealth of Nations Paperback – October 5, 2012
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--Robert L. Heilbroner
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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It was a pleasant surprise to find that people living in 18th century would approach the questions about human society, labour and formation of prices of goods not on political or emotional basis but trying to find out "how things work" in fact.
Previously I was of the opinion that economists are people that are not to be taken seriously and so was , I thought Adam Smith himself (my judgement was based on some "citations" from him that I had read).
Now it seems to me I was wrong - may be he had asked himself the simple questions that everybody dares to ask himself in a given period of his/her life. Except that everybody, gives up searching for the answers to these questions and accepts the meaningless explanation: what we see happenning in human society, happens in this way because this is how it should happen. Or because of .. the raise of the prices on the market, for example. (Obviously prices are something like a natural natural phenomena - raise of the tempratures in the northern hemisphere , humidity in the air,...) After several "explanations" of this kind , one gives up - it is immpossible to find out what is going on in society because this is the purpose. The less people know, the better for ... for everyone who can take advantage out of this.
For 90% (well this is my evaluation) of the people what is going on with money and prices is a mystery. At the same time they are forced to participate in this "game" and participate in some stupid manner. Then a game that is played in a stupid manner and played by players, unwilling to play it (at least for 90% of them this is just a burden) will come to a crush eventually. It seems it is inevitable that there will always be crises every 30-40 years.
I do not know whether Adam Smith is correct in his explanations but I think he is absolutely correct that one must search the reason for the processes that take place in society.
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Dear Lord! Where did the publisher find such a small font! I just got new glasses and still could barely it.Published on April 23, 2013 by R.H.
If you are poor, you probably don't want to use your money to buy a book about wealth of nations. Otherwise, Adam seems to know what he's talking about.Published on February 20, 2013 by Jean-Claude Van Damme
I was unable to read the book because the print in the book was very small.
Very disappointed but will look for a different version or publisher.