Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Economics in Many Lessons and the Paris Savagery

By Don Bordeaux

Nov. 13, 2015, felt like Sept. 11, 2001. Swirls of different passions and thoughts swell up in the heart and mind. Something powerful within grasps for an easy answer — for a recipe that, if followed carefully, will end the slaughter of innocent human beings by savages who despise modernity.
But no such recipe exists. Indeed, the danger to our civilization is compounded by the demand for easy answers. Pretending that the “solution” is simpler than it really is will only cause those who are charged with defending modernity from barbarity to take steps that worsen, rather than enhance, the prospects of ending this scourge for good.

I don't pretend to have answers of any sort. But I do know that whatever course we moderns take as individuals, as well as through the governments that we fund, will only help to further the savages' goals if we become a society that is closed, inward-looking, bigoted, regimented and fear-ridden.
Essential to our modernity and prosperity is our open and competitive global commerce. It's easy to imagine how very poor you and your family would be if you traded only with people who live in your immediate neighborhood. You'd also be much poorer if you traded only with your co-religionists, or only with people whose native language is English, or only with other Americans.

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