Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Simple System of Natural Liberty

"I claim that a true liberalism, what Adam Smith called “the obvious and simple system of natural liberty,” contrary to both the socialist and conservative ideologues, has the historical evidence on its side. Despite the elements of regulation and corporatism defacing it (and the welfare programs improving it), it has worked pretty well for the poor and for the people for two centuries. I reckon we should keep it — though tending better to its ethics."
I think her opening essay is from the introduction to her new book BOURGEOIS DIGNITY. She concludes that the fundamental reason why we prosper is because of certain ideas. Ideas such as "the obvious and simple system of natural liberty." It is well worth the time to check out her essay and the interaction that follows at Cato Unbound. If you have the time and the interest Bourgeois Dignity and her earlier BOURGEOIS VIRTUES are important books if you want to understand why we prosper today.

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