20 February 2011

Who said that?

"civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all".

It was Adam Smith! Yes, as Esping Andersen says 'Adam Smith sometimes read like Karl Marx'
References:
- page 236, tome II, The Wealth of Nations (1776), 1961 edition E. Cannan. London: Methuen.
- page 10, the three worlds of welfare capitalism, 1990)

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