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February 2nd 2010    Tim Candler

     The phrase "enlightened self interest" might well be a clarion call for good sense and realism.  Those of us who are perhaps less prone to smugness will hear the phrase and ponder the definition of "enlightened."

     For my self, I have memories of finally grasping Adam Smith through his "invisible hand."    Of grasping Keynes through  his "in the long run we are all dead."   And of grasping Marx through his "committee of the ruling class." 

     What then might my contribution be?    I could follow "Esau was an hairy man, but I am an smooth man."    I could say,  "in the beginning was the word and it has been a dictionary ever since." 

     Or I could say tomorrow is the final day of this exercise in mawkish self aggrandizement and then wonder how dejected I'll be without it. 

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