Friday, February 7, 2020
slow but spectacular.................
By contrast, the African-American poet Langston Hughes sang in 1935: "O, let America be America again—/ The land that never has been yet—/And yet must be—a land where every man is free." Free to move, to invent, to persuade, to offer a dollar, with no master in charge. The result of liberal democracy's partial, imperfect fulfillment has been a slow but in the end spectacular approach worldwide to flourishing, in which fewer and fewer people are pushed or bossed around without their voluntarily given consent or contract.
-Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce A Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World For All