Friday, July 16, 2010

Stuck in Enlightenment Thinking

“In the late-twentieth century, most of the competing socio-political systems embody one version or another of the Enlightenment mindset, which cannot understand the nature of evil. Only that kind of error could place the powers in the hands of officials that we have placed there and expect anything good to come of it. Those, on the other hand, who see all our troubles in the modern state and think they will be solved by a libertarian solution make the same error. Both ideologies are environmentalisms that place the blame for social malfunction everywhere but where it belongs: on man itself. The apologists for modern capitalism distorted Adam Smith’s vision to mean that when people do evil, those acts are somehow not permitted to bear their evil fruits. The invisible hand solves the problem of evil by taking from it all its consequences. (Herbert Schlossberg,Idols for Destruction, p. 135).

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