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Off the Shelf: When Opportunity Ran Amok

A review of "Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds and the Rise of Modern Finance," by Ian Klaus.

        Capitalism’s intellectual forefathers championed the civilizing effects that commercial relations have on society. Adam Smith, for one, believed there was a strong correlation between commerce and responsible behavior, while his contemporary David Hume reckoned wealth and commercial exchange improved manners by encouraging sociability. But the growth of capitalism also brought

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