The fable of the bees, or, Private vices, publick benefits

Indianapolis: Liberty Classics. Edited by F. B. Kaye (1924)
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Abstract

It used to be that everyone read the "notorious" Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733). He was a great satirist and come to have a profound impact on economics, ethics and social philosophy. "The Fable of the Bees" begins with a poem and continues with a number of essays and dialogues. It is all tied together by the startling and original idea that "private vices" (self-interest) lead to "publick benefits" (the development and operation of society).

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