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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 63 of the final volume – Bourgeois Equality – of Deirdre McCloskey’s vital trilogy on the essence and role of bourgeois values in modern life:

Of course, if one raises wages artificially, by union or by statute, unemployment will result.  The argument one hears from, say, Paul Krugman – that raising wages is good for the company because workers will work harder as a result – seems implausible, considering that the company in such a case would already have raised wages, for its own good.  And working harder worsens the conditions of work.