… is from page viii of Deirdre McCloskey’s 2021 book, Bettering Humanomics: A New, and Old, Approach to Economic Science:
Liberalism is a foundational discipline for all the modern sciences, natural or social or humanistic. It’s not an accident that science has flourished most in the more liberal societies, from ancient Athens to the modern United States. Good science – good social science most obviously – is made by good, honest, open-minded, liberal people, or else it is likely to break bad.
DBx: It’s fashionable now to criticize the United States for its historical and still-lingering imperfections (many real, many imaginary). But it wasn’t by mere chance that so many brilliant minds fled other countries to come in disproportionately large numbers to the United States.