Bidness As Usual | George Heymont

February 6, 2015 7:41 AM

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Adam Smith (the 18th century Scottish philosopher and author of 1776's "An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations") is famous for coining the term "the invisible hand of the market." While free market enthusiasts often espouse lofty ideals, it's no secret that their wealth is often due to a perverse combination of inheritance, greed, and chicanery. As far as they're concerned, the ends always justify the means.

The lust for profits derived from speculation can be seen in such popular movies as 1987's Wall Street and 1991's Other People's Money. Whether one looks at contemporary dramas like 2009's ENRON (by Lucy Prebble) and 2010's Hermes (by Bennett Fisher) or dramas that probe the questionable morality of...

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