“A conventional economic analysis of the text—that is, one concerned primarily with wealth and welfare—focuses on the many lines devoted to labor, mercantile activity, law, and prudence. Wealth-and-welfare economists will be drawn to these subjects because they most clearly embody conventional economic concerns with production and distribution, as well as the rules governing these processes.”
“If economics only applied to circumstances favoring avaricious behavior, it would be wholly proper for scholars of the humane disciplines to hold economics in contempt. Fortunately for economists, the antecedent is false.”
“Economics can and must be used to make sense of the human condition. The unity-in-diversity—one might say the catholicity—of human society is rendered intelligible by the rationality postulate.”
Economists sometimes use rationality in an illiberal way. When they do so, they cease being students of society, and assume the roles of would-be saviors. But this is just hubris: https://egnatiavia.blogspot.com/2020/08/illiberal-economics-use-and-abuse-of.html
What makes economics a liberal discipline? Answer: the rationality postulate. Armed with rational choice, the economist can confidently say, “Nothing human is alien to me”: https://egnatiavia.blogspot.com/2020/08/nothing-human-is-alien-to-me-liberality.html
What is liberal education? When Plato, St. Basil the Great, and Albert Jay Nock agree on something, we should listen carefully.
St. Zosimas brings Holy Communion to St. Mary
One of his great apologetics perfectly conveys the wonder and joy of Christ’s Incarnation and Resurrection.
Spending This Advent With Chesterton
“So to make a complicated matter as simple as possible, an anarchist is somebody who regards the existing, post-Westphalian form of the state as illegitimate. This does not commit the anarchist to any particular course of political action. An anarchist need not be a revolutionary, for example. Nor does it mean the anarchist is opposed to all forms of rules and hierarchies. Anarchists frequently make a distinction between government and governance. All human societies need the latter, both as a means of checking the passions and inculcating virtuous habits. But the former is simply one way of achieving the latter, and historically considered, a relatively young and untested one at that.”
Why Aren’t There More Conservative Anarchists? On Recovering a Consistent Philosophy of Conservative Anti-Statism