Friday, May 07, 2010

Economics: The Primary Civic Duty

In Human Action Ludwig von Mises writes:
". . . As conditions are today, nothing can be more important to every intelligent man than economics. His own fate and that of his progeny is at stake.

Very few are capable of contributing any consequential idea to the body of economic thought. But all reasonable men are called upon to familiarize themselves with the teachings of economics. This is, in our age, the primary civic duty.

Whether we like it or not, it is a fact that economics cannot remain an esoteric branch of knowledge accessible only to small groups of scholars and specialists. Economics deals with society's fundamental problems; it concerns everyone and belongs to all. It is the main and proper study of every citizen." (p. 875)
Of course, this is a pretty easy thing for an economist to believe. I wonder how many others, economists and non-economists, agree with Mises?

1 comment:

Tim Canon said...

We're entering the modern dark age, in which the relevant, oppressing authority is no longer the Catholic church, but the big governments of the world, who use their public school systems to fill children with quasi-religious, socialism-laden half truths and lies that predispose them to disbelieve and disown economic truth.