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Prompt: Self-interest and prudence

Self-interested behavior, according to Smith, encourages the virtue of prudence. This quotation can be used to launch a discussion into what constitutes prudence, whether self-interested behavior really does encourage it, and what personal prudence might do for society as a whole. 

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Prompt: Butcher, Brewer, Baker

Use Adam Smith's famous quotation about benevolence to introduce to your class the concept of the merits of competition, the benefits of trade, and producer self-interest, the profit motive, and how these benefit consumers.

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