Originally Posted by ForeverNight
After that I'm going to try and find a good book as a counter point to Wealth of Nations, any suggestions?
You should, perhaps, take note that the Smith that the right idolises is not actually Adam Smith but an invented character. You may wish to look at The Theory of Moral Sentiments
; it is impossible to understand Smith's economic philosophies without the framework of Moral Sentiments
, in which he talks of the importance of "humanity, justice, generosity, and public spirit".
To Smith political economy has two objectives: "first, to provide a plentiful revenue or subsistence for the people, or more properly to enable them to provide such a revenue or subsistence for themselves; and second, to supply the state or commonwealth with a revenue sufficient for the public services."