Do you think that Adam Smith would approve of Gekko's philosophy? Is "the pursuit of self interest" the same as "greed"? Why/Why not? Is greed, in all its forms, good?

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Is Greed Good?
For those of you unfamiliar with Gordon Gekko, he is one of the central characters in Oliver Stone's film Wall Street.  Stone made a sequel in 2010, once again featuring Gekko, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but he dumped, wisely or not, Charlie Sheen.   Check out this clip of Gekko at work in the first film, talking about greed.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8y6DJAeolo

 

Do you think that Adam Smith would approve of Gekko's philosophy?  Is "the pursuit of self interest" the same as "greed"?  Why/Why not?  Is greed, in all its forms, good?

 

 

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