“All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of (hu)mankind.”
-Adam Smith, An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Adam Smith assumed a foundation of humanist values missing in unregulated capitalism. Corporate capitalism, as it now exists, can be called the work of Adam Smith only in the same sense that a mummy can be labeled “King Tut.” All that is missing is the heart, mind and character. All that remains is gristle and sinew.