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great theorist of the free market believed in Providence. "The happiness of

mankind," Smith wrote, "seems to have been the original purpose intended

by the Author of nature." The workings of the Lord could be found not in the

pages of a holy book, nor in miracles, but in the daily, mundane buying-and-

selling of the marketplace. Each purchase might be driven by an individual

desire, but behind them all lay "the invisible hand" of the Divine. This invisible

hand set prices and wages. It determined supply and demand. It represented

the sum of all human wishes. Without relying on any conscious intervention

by man, the free market improved agriculture and industry, created surplus

wealth, and made sure that the things being produced were the things people

wanted to buy. Human beings lacked the wisdom, Smith felt, to improve

society deliberately or to achieve Progress through some elaborate plan.

But if every man pursued his own self-interest and obeyed only

his "passions," the invisible hand would guarantee that everybody else

benefited, too.

Published in 1776, The Wealth of Nations later had a profound

effect upon the nation born that year. The idea that "life, liberty, and the

pursuit of happiness" were unalienable rights, endowed by a Creator, fit

perfectly with the economic theories of Adam Smith. "Life, liberty and

estate" was the well-known phrase that Thomas Jefferson amended slightly

for the Declaration of Independence. The United States was the first country

to discard feudal and aristocratic traditions and replace them with a

republican devotion to marketplace ideals. More than two centuries later,

America"s leading companies—General Motors, General Electric,

ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Boeing, et al.—have annual revenues

larger than those of many sovereign states. No currency is more powerful

than the U.S. dollar, and the closing prices on Wall Street guide the financial

markets of Tokyo, London, Paris, and Frankfurt. The unsurpassed wealth of

the United States has enabled it to build a military without rival. And yet there

is more to the U.S. economy, much more, than meets the eye. In addition to

America"s famous corporations and brands, the invisible hand has also

produced a largely invisible economy, secretive and well hidden, with its own

labor demand, price structure, and set of commodities.

"Black," "shadow," "irregular," "informal," "illegal," "subterranean,"

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395286296
Other:
de Groat, Diane
Publisher:
Hmh Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
de Groat, Diane
Author:
de Groat, Diane
Author:
Groat, Diane De
Author:
Lowry, Lois
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 79
Publication Date:
October 1979
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 4 to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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Anastasia's tenth year has some good things, like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother, and some bad things, like finding out about an impending baby brother.
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