O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

domingo, dezembro 05, 2004

Os (Outros) Criacionistas

Artigo de Don Boudreaux no Cafe Hayek.

When creationist thinking today is applied to the astrophysical, geophysical, and biological parts of the world, almost all members of the "reality-based community" (as modern American leftists are now fond of calling themselves) reject it as simplistic, baseless, and thoroughly at odds with scientific thought. "Only red-state yokels blinded by religion believe in creationism and reject natural selection!"

But the bluest blue-state left-"liberal" atheist oughtn't be too quick with the self-congratulatory praise of his or her own rational faculties. Most left-liberals are pure creationists when it comes to society and social order. For them, government is the creator of order - of high wages, of safe working conditions, of safe food and drink, of fair prices, of good education, of trustworthy physicians, accountants, and butchers, of peace, commerce, culture, and civility itself.


From David Hume and Adam Smith through Hayek to Anthony de Jasay and Randy Barnett (among many others), the true reality-based view of social order is that it is the product of spontaneous, undesigned, and undesignable evolution. The state has its consequences, to be sure, but it is emphatically not society?s Creator. Nor could it possibly be.

posted by Miguel Noronha 10:15 da manhã

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