The Simplified Wealth of Nations of Adam Smith, Book 5, Chapter 1u: Austere vs Liberal Morals


Chapter 1u: Austere vs Liberal Morals

  199 In every civilized society which has the distinction of ranks, there were always two systems of morality.
  1. The strict or austere
    • This is generally admired and revered by the common people.
  2. The liberal or loose system
    • The loose is commonly more esteemed and adopted by people of fashion.
  200 Almost all religious sects began among the common people from whom they drew their earliest and most numerous proselytes. 201 A man of rank and fortune is a distinguished member of a great society.

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