Some of the classical economists thought that their function was to describe the general principles of economic life and not to prescribe the means of improving society. Wealth, not happiness, remarked Senior, is the economist's concern. Others, who took more seriously the titles they chose for the books they were publishing, thought differently. [excerpt]
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Bloom, Robert L. et al. "9. Economic Liberalism. Pt XIV: The Industrial Revolution, Classical Economics, and Economic Liberalism." Ideas and Institutions of Western Man (Gettysburg College, 1958), 50-55.