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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

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… is from Deirdre McCloskey’s new essay, “The Core of Liberty Is Economic Liberty” [2]:

For one thing, mutually advantageous exchange is not the worst ethical school.  It is better than the violent pride of aristocrats or the violent insolence of bureaucrats.  And in economic liberalism, the human desire to excel is provided millions of honorable paths, from model railway building to show business, as against in illiberal societies the narrow path to eminence at the court or politburo or army.  We do not lose our souls in commerce, but cultivate them.  The military, admired nowadays even in liberal societies, is commended daily for its “service.”  But every economic act among consenting adults is service.  The ethical habits of commerce are expressed daily in the way an American shopkeeper greets his customer: “How can I help you?”

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