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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 633 of the hot-off-the-press third volume – Bourgeois Equality – in Deirdre McCloskey’s indispensable trilogy on the essence and role of bourgeois values in modern life:514B+AoYlbL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_

The left, however, instead of focusing on the raising of the absolute level of the poor, suggests that we take riches from the well-off, even if the productivity of the quite well-off doctor or the fantastically well-off oil man in fact helps the present poor by giving them hip replacements or gas heating.  Foreign aid has this ethically dubious rationale.  The left will cite opinion polls showing (as though it were not obvious, though unethical) that people are envious, and would after all prefer taking from millionaires over raising all incomes.

On Thursday (April 21st) on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus, I’ll have a conversation with Deirdre.