Adam Smith’s own practice in using the words “justice” and “liberty” suggests an aim to instill duties above instilling rights, that is, to instill scruples of doing unto others justly rather than to instill a presumptuous to assert rights to be satisfied by others.

Daniel B. Klein is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
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