… is from page 114 of Historical Impromptus, a 2020 collection of some of Deirdre McCloskey’s work on economic history; this quotation, specifically, is from McCloskey’s Spring 2001 review, in The American Scholar, of Niall Ferguson’s The Cash Nexus :
We see people voting with their feet to escape from some village-elder’s idea of how to live, or some arts graduate’s idea of protecting primitive folkways…. For which great thanks unto the Lord.
DBx: Deirdre today celebrates her 81st birthday. Happy Birthday, Deirdre! Wishing you – for our benefit as well as for yours – many, many more.