If We Keep Our Ethical Wits, We Can See over into a Great Enrichment
By William Arthur Carden, Deirdre N. McCloskey
This article appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of The Independent Review

In eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe, progress in ideas and ethics encouraged greater collaboration and competition, creating new opportunities for ordinary people and fostering a great enrichment that benefited all levels of society. Today a new economic liberation is underway, as the egalitarian effects of technology spread across the world, combating poverty and other social ills, and dramatically improving individual wealth and well-being—a trend vulnerable to coercive powers that could damage productivity and liberty.

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