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The Money Game by Adam Smith

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21. THE PURPOSIVE INVESTOR

Do You Really Want to Be Rich?

The wheel is about to come full circle. We have seen some of the rules of the Game, and some of the players, and some of the reasons the players play. The reasons are not entirely, as we have seen, the ones we learn as catechism in the religion we grow up with, which is the sanctity of property. The most profound reason the players play is in the essence of capitalism, and we will get to it in one moment.

It is part of the ethos of this country that you ought to be rich. You ought to be, unless you have taken some specific vow of poverty such as the priesthood, scholarship, teaching, or civil service, because money is the way we keep score. This feeling has been a long time in the making. ...

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