E que se resumem assim: (fonte: Wikipedia, sublinhados meus):
Mandeville's philosophy gave great offence at the time, and has always been stigmatised as false, cynical and degrading. His main thesis is that the actions of men cannot be divided into lower and higher. The higher life of man is a mere fiction introduced by philosophers and rulers to simplify government and the relations of society. In fact, virtue (which he defined as "every performance by which man, contrary to the impulse of nature, should endeavour the benefit of others, or the conquest of his own passions, out of a rational ambition of being good") is actually detrimental to the state in its commercial and intellectual progress. This is because it is the vices (i.e., the self-regarding actions of men) which alone, by means of inventions and the circulation of capital (economics) in connection with luxurious living, stimulate society into action and progress.
Por outras palavras: a obra do Joãozinho por virtude da qual eu fui esta semana condenado em tribunal (por ofensas à Cuatrecasas) é uma imoralidade. Se o exemplo pega, é a sociedade, a prazo, que ficará mais pobre e menos dinâmica.
Para Mandeville, eu merecia um apertão. Onde quer esteja, ele deve estar a rir-se de mim às gargalhadas: "Tens o que mereces!".