The Butcher, the brewer and the oil spill clean up

After the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one would expect to see people running out of the Gulf coast as fast as possible. So many jobs have been affected by the oil spill and people are not working. However, many people are coming down in droves with new inventive ways to help clean up. Why would anyone want to come down and clean up? It’s simple. There are profits to be made. While this may sound shallow, Adam Smith wrote on this very topic:

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages.

The Gulf coast sure could use some more self interest right about now…


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