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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 215 of Deirdre Nansen McCloskey’s 2019 volume, Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All (footnote deleted):

Read Adam Smith, slowly, both his books, and try to return our spirits to that dawn of 1776 in which the radical idea was not nationalism or socialism or national socialism, but “the obvious and simple system of natural liberty,” allowing all men and women to pursue their interests in their own ways.

It was a strange but very, very good idea.