Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 28, 2012

in Complexity & Emergence, Growth

… is from page 449 of Deirdre McCloskey’s 2010 landmark volume, Bourgeois Dignity (links added):

Give a woman some rice, and you save her for a day.  That’s the simplest form of what Christians flatter themselves by calling “Christian charity.”  Give a man some seed and you save him for a year.  That’s the plan of investment in capital, tried for decades in foreign aid, without much success.  But give a man and a woman the liberty to innovate, and persuade them to admire enterprise and to cultivate the bourgeois virtues, and you save them both for a long life of wide scope, and for successively wider lives for their children and their grandchildren, too.  That’s the Bourgeois Deal, which paid off in the Age of Innovation.


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