The Fable of the Bees: Or Private Vices, Publick Benefits
. Original Fourth Edition: London: J. Tonson. Reprint: Seattle: Entropy Conservationists. . London/Seattle ,
BJ1520.M4 1970b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I read this work over a Big Mac in Boulder and enjoyed it! Originally the bees were full of vices and they were thriving. Their crimes conspired to make them great (5). Then Jove removed fraud, and there were surprising results. Prices went down; lots of trades went out of business; pride and luxury decreased; eventually all arts and crafts shut down; the whole economy stopped. Moral: Vice is beneficial when constrained by justice. The text itself is 13 short pages.