Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish
human nature. As Adam Smith put it, "It is not from the
benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we
expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest."
Capitalism works better than socialism, according to this
thinking, only because we are not kind and generous enough to
make socialism work. If we were saints, we would be socialists.
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