The men [the Midwest] produced over a period of several [nineteenth-century] generations showed such family resemblance that until immigration drowned them under they constituted a strong regional type, and their virtues as exemplified in a Lincoln or a Mark Twain force the conclusion that this crude society with its vulgar and inadequate culture somehow made notable contributions to mankind.
Adam Smith needs revision. The best result will come if everyone in the group does what is best for himself AND the group.
A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001)
The sciences, by softening the manners of men, have, perhaps, contributed more than wise and beneficial laws to the happiness of society.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS DE GALAUP, Comte de La Pérouse
(Beidleman 2006, 16) (p.viii)