Today's post is a good one, and it has its own link to a piece by Gavin Kennedy, somebody who has studied Adam Smith extensively and reached a very different conclusion about what Smith actually meant by his Invisible Hand. This quote from a paper by Getty Lustila comes from Kennedy's latest post:
For Smith, all human beings are naturally ‘in-tune’ with one another through the faculty of sympathy; which, acting as a mirror for others, allows us to take part in their suffering and joy. The ability to sympathize with our fellows is not a virtue (in the traditional sense). Instead, the faculty of sympathy is a constitutive part of human agency: devoid of sympathy, we are not human.
And that's neoliberalism's aim: dehumanization.