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Seeing a number of philosophical posts on this board lately, I thought I would add one of my own.

I generally agree with Adam Smith's concept of the "Invisible Hand", where our own selfish decisions cause results that benefit the whole. But if I chuck it all and relax, then society is deprived of the goods and services I might (admittedly a big might) have otherwise produced.

So are the early retirees damaging the economy by reducing the total level of goods and services produced or does their example inspire others to spend and invest more sensibly; thereby improving the economy?

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