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Psyche
8 mins | May 13, 2020

Adam Smith warned us about sympathising with the elites

The economist and philosopher argued that this often leads us to identify with those that oppress us. "In his Theory of Moral Sentiments (published in 1759), Adam Smith developed a theory of psychology based on ‘sympathy’ and outlined a way of living based on ‘reason and philosophy’. These ideas not only banish the (already disappearing) stereotype of Smith as a pioneer of free-market policies, but challenge some of our most cherished ideas about the sources of happiness." Blake Smith ponders in Psyche Magazine.

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