Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 21, 2022

in Philosophy of Freedom

… is from page 69 of Deirdre McCloskey’s 2021 volume, Bettering Humanomics: A New, and Old, Approach to Economic Science (footnote deleted):

To devalue the royal or aristocratic values is to leave the bourgeoisie in charge. It happened in Holland. Romantic people, attached on the political right to king and country and on the political left to revolution, sneer at the Enlightenment, then and now. What was unique about the Enlightenment was precisely the elevation of ordinary, peaceful people in ordinary, peaceful life, an elevation of trade over the monopoly of coercion.

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