The language of…

The language of individual- ism (i.e., the idea that people make decisions for themselves and that at least in economic matters these are the best decisions) serves as a powerful legitimation for free-market liber- alism. The irony is that this profoundly anti- expert, anti-elitist, democratic ideology has its own expert class, its professionals of market… Continue reading The language of…


On the Bangladeshi tragedy

Clearly the Bangladeshi people deserve better enforcement of their laws. And clearly this is an incredible human tragedy. But boycotting products from Bangladesh (as some on the left argue) would be horrendous for Bangladesh. Prosperity takes time, and Bangladesh is a very poor country.    I provide the following link. is fundamentally a problem about the…… Continue reading On the Bangladeshi tragedy

Tony Judt on Society

I posted the following on my Facebook account last night ‎ ‘Thinking “economistically,” as we have done now for thirty years, is not intrinsic to humans. There was a time when we ordered our lives differently.’ – Tony Judt A friend of mine challenged me to provide some analysis, so here I provide some. Tony…… Continue reading Tony Judt on Society