Both the left and the right have recently attacked the classical liberals for their assumptions of hyperrationalism and extreme atomism. Those criticisms fall flat when directed at the classical liberals of the Scottish Enlightenment tradition, who argued that many useful human institutions (including language and the market) are not the result of conscious design but are unintended consequences of social interaction.
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