segunda-feira, 12 de novembro de 2012

"Adam Smith estava certo..."

John Paul Rollert, no The Stone, discute o polêmico discurso de Mitt Romney no qual o candidato republicano derrotado teria afirmado que Adam Smith "estava certo [...] e vou me posicionar  e defender o capitalismo ao longo desse país". 


Few phrases in Western philosophy have embedded themselves as deeply in the vernacular as Smith’s invisible hand, and no single image has ever so captivated (and occasionally inflamed) the popular mind. This has been the case for a while now — the intellectual historian Emma Rothschild called the 20th century “the epoch of the invisible hand”— but the financial crisis and the federal government’s response have recently made it a cause for celebration and debate.

This development would most likely have surprised Adam Smith. The invisible hand makes only three appearances in his work, all fleeting. Blink, and you will miss them.