Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on February 20, 2022

in Creative destruction, Reality Is Not Optional

… is from page 93 of George Will’s 2021 book, American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020 – a collection of many of Will’s columns over these years; (the essay from which the quotation below is drawn originally appeared in the Washington Post on March 13th, 2020):

Intellectual trends – including the idea that human agency and personal responsibility are radically attenuated in complex societies – have produced a curdled politics emphasizing victimhood and resentments. These sour preoccupations make people susceptible to the infantilizing temptation of tantrum populism that demands the benefits of economic dynamism with none of its inevitable frictions and dislocations.

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