“Why does everything you know, and everything you’ve learned, confirm you in what you believed before? Whereas in my case, what I grew up with, and what I thought I believed, is chipped away a little and a little, a fragment then a piece and then a piece more. With every month that passes, the corners are knocked off the certainties of this world: and the next world too. Show me where it says, in the Bible, ‘Purgatory.’ Show me where it says ‘relics, monks, nuns.’ Show me where it says ‘Pope.’” –Thomas Cromwell imagines asking Thomas More—Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Friday, January 15, 2010
Entrepreneurial Sins: Part 3 Environmental Degradation
Here is the study: http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/dpe/ctip/justice_in_the_air.pdf
And here is commentary from The Baseline Scenario:
I'll end this series of entries by clarifying that I don't believe the evils inherent in capitalism make it an evil in itself. I do believe free markets, for the most part, are part of the basis for freedom in general. The problem is that the conservative ideology that asserts that unregulated market competition is in each and every case an unqualified good has ridiculously strong traction in America.
Market competition is good. But that doesn't mean we should let entrepreneurs and rich people do whatever they want--we humans have a tendency to justify things we ought to recognize are atrocious.