Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law. " Ayn Rand

It’s the sort of thing I’d expect to find perpetrated by the villains in "Atlas Shrugged."

On March 7, the Harvard Law School Project on Law and Mind Sciences is hosting the "Third Conference on Law and Mind Sciences: The Free Market Mindset: History, Psychology, and Consequences." A careful look at the conference abstracts reveals it to be a direct attack not only on laissez-faire and individualism, but on the most fundamental concepts of economics and the ethics and sanity of those who accept economics as well.

It’s a sign of the success of economics that its critics find it necessary to try reducing a well-developed body of thought and research to a psychological "mindset," and an aberrant, immoral, and destructive one at that. But in the current climate of government growth without obvious bounds, it is also extremely dangerous.

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