[consulting] Returning to a solution

Domenic Santangelo domenic at workhabit.com
Mon Aug 10 21:02:51 UTC 2009

Sami Khan wrote:
> If it is true that your statement is true, then the United
> States is pretty much screwed as there is no way that the government or
> anyone else can support that many greedy people.
Smith's Invisible Hand concept addresses this point: it is because the 
self-interest of the seller and the self-interest of the buyer intersect 
that a market exists. Of course more generally, Smith posited that this 
self-interest unintentionally benefits society as a whole ("an actor is 
led by an Invisible Hand to promote an end which was no part of his 

I can anecdotally relate to this point -- do we not encourage our 
clients to contribute work back to the community ("society", as it were)?


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