The Fable of the Bees

Bernard Mandeville
Reading Order: Book 42
Categories: 2021, Erik Rostad
Fiction
Pages: 769
Suggested By: Liberty Fund Conference
Date Started: November 29, 2021
Date Finished: December 12, 2021
10h 32m 20s
Reason Book was Chosen:
I was invited to the 2021 Liberty Fund Conference and this is a required book for the conference reading list.

My Thoughts

Really interesting book that starts out with a rather short fable about a bee-hive that then leads into an exploration of the ideas from the fable. The main thesis is that some vice can lead to benefit for the general public. It was published in 1714. The most extraordinary thing about this book was to see a number of ideas later picked up by Adam Smith written here nearly 50 years before Smith wrote about them.

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