Envy and commercial society: Mandeville and Smith on "private vices, public benefits"

Political Theory 9 (4):551-569 (1981)
Abstract
Man [in commercial society] is sometimes found a detached and solitary being; he has found an object which sets him in competition with his fellow creatures, and he deals with them as he does with his cattle and his soil, for the sake of the profits they bring; the mighty engine which we suppose to have formed society, only tends to set its members at variance, or to continue their intercourse after the bonds of affection are broken.1
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