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Shaking the invisible hand: On Adam Smith's magical thinking.


Anyone can invent a utopia with a pre-existing utopia watching over it. Smith had other conditions under which this delicate ideal capitalism would work, such as transparent availability of information and limits on one party's ability to dominate a market, but the main one was that self-interest would stop at the invisible boundary between minding one's private business and the desire to coerce the state. Once self-interest is unleashed, it turns out 242 years later, those boundaries that don't serve the self-interest of capitalists have all but dissolved.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen bites the invisible hand that feeds our capitalist delusions, critiques the fashion choices of the Enlightenment's major thinkers, and points out the part where "The Wealth of Nations" takes a major leap into magical thinking - a place we've been living in for 242 years.

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Jeff Dorchen

Jeff is a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, fiction writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He's been a playwright, songwriter, and performer with Chicago's Theater Oobleck since 1988, a writer and actor with Red Baron Films since 2000, and a contributor to This Is Hell! since 1996. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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