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Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, 2 vols. [1732]

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Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, 2 vols. With a Commentary Critical, Historical, and Explanatory by F.B. Kaye (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1988). http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1863

About this Title:

Mandeville is a witty satirist who used a poem to make the profound economic point that “private vices” (or self-interest) lead to “publick benefits” (such as orderly social structures like law, language, and markets).

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