Adam Smith and the meaning of high profit margins at Google and Facebook

In his seminal work "The Wealth of Nations", 18th century Scottish economist Adam Smith wrote:
the rate of profit does not, like rent and wages, rise with the prosperity and fall with the declension of the society. On the contrary, it is naturally low in rich and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin.
Yet, here we are today with US profit margins at new highs approaching 12% of sales. What gives?

I think this is a big question -- e...


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