November 2008

Which candidate really appeals to selfishness? (those that can be bribed)
Which candidate offers empty promises?
Which candidate is campaigning on trying to change that which he has no control over?
Which Candidate is only telling you what you want to hear?
Which candidate has supporters committing election fraud?
Which candidates campaign is raising millions in illegal and untraceable donations?
Which candidate has already lied to you?
Which candidate changes his position to appeal to the audience?
Which candidate is the epitome of hubris?
Which candidate wants to bankrupt American business?
Which candidate will defer to the destruction of Isreal?
Which candidate may not be U.S. born?
Which candidate associates with people of questionable character?
Which candidate thinks government should make your personal decisions?
Which candidate will result in less freedom and liberty?
Which candidate will sunset the Bill of Rights?
Which candidate will give the Supreme Court unlimited power?
Which candidate will squash freedom of speech?
Which candidate will abolish the right to bear arms?
Which candidate has no respect for your religious beliefs?
Which candidate is a relative unknown?
Which candidate is in it for himself?
Which candidate has the dangerous ego?
Which candidate appeals to mob rule and not the rule of law?
Which candidate is more divisive?
Which candidate will be bad for America and the world?

Which Candidate? Barack Obama!

Not according to Adam Smith. By pursuing my own self interest (?happiness?), I find the employment (work) that I am most happy performing and as such am able to contribute to society in a fashion that is most productive to society and happiest for me.

As Adam Smith described:

“Every individual is continually exerting himself to find out the most advantageous employment for whatever capital he can command. It is his own advantage, indeed, and not that of society, which he has in view. But the study of his own advantage naturally, or rather necessarily, leads him to prefer employment which is most advantageous to the society . . . . [H]e intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Nor is it always the worse for the society that it was no part of it. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it.” — Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, bk. IV, ch. 2, 397, 399 (D.D. Raphael ed., 1991) (1776).

Selfishness is a virtue. Thank you Hugh Hewitt for the reminder, and thank you Ayn Rand.

Also referred to on the Townhall site is this Milton Friedman interview by Phil Donohue: