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Economic Moral Complacency

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 at 5:08 am

There is an interview with Joseph Heath in the Walrus, where he describes,

A lot of popular economics books are written by people who are sort of right-wing, centre-right-wing, who are sort of broadly complacent from the moral point of view—they’re morally reconciled to the world. Therefore they approach economics in a kind of whimsical way, where it’s like, “Oh, isn’t it interesting!

That’s just the tone from a Farewell to Alms that I picked up, but I thought maybe Gregory Clark was being deliberately provocative. Mostly in reference to his description of the malthusian era, and death/war/plague being good for income per person. Which is fine but there was a bit of smugness.