4.11.2009 kl. 05:50

The propect of open-ended growth in the quantity of goods, services and people is in any case hardly a conservative vision. Though the eradication of involuntary poverty remains a noble cause, the project of promoting maximal economic growth is, perhaps, the most vulgar ideal ever put before suffering humankind. The task of conservative policy is not to spread the malady of infinite aspiration, to which our species is in any case all too prone, but to keep in good repair those institutions and practices whereby human beings come to be reconciled with their circumstances, and so can live and die in dignified and meaningful fashion, despite the imperfections of their condition.

-- John Gray, "An Agenda for Green Conservatism"

It must always have been seen ... by political economists, that the increase in wealth is not boundless: that at the end of what they term the progressive state lies the stationary state, that all progress in wealth is but a postponenement of this, and that each step in advance is an approach to it. ....

I cannot ... regard the stationary state of capital and wealth with the unaffected aversion so generally manifested towards it by political economists of the old school. I am inclined to believe that it would be, on the whole, a very considerable improvement on our present condition. I confess I am not charmed with the ideal of life held out by those who think that the normal state of human beings is that of struggling to get on; that the trampling, crushing, elbowing and treading on each other's heels which form the existing type of social life, are the most desirable lot of human kind, are anything but the disagreeable symptoms of one of the phases of industrial progress. The northern and middle states of America are a specimen of this stage of civilization in very favourable circumstances ... and all that these advantages seeem to have yet done for them ... is that the life of the whole of one sex is devoted to dollar-hunting, and that of the other to breeding dollar-hunters...

-- John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy, Vol. 2

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Grétar | 13.11.2009 kl. 14:55

John Gray var einn af þeim sem skrifuðu meðmælabréf fyrir Hannes Hólmstein þegar hann var gerður að prófessor.

Sveinbjörn | 13.11.2009 kl. 14:58

Gray var ráðgjafi Möggu Thatcher og sérfræðingur í Hayek. Hann var siðan einn af leiðbeinendum Hannesar við Oxford, skilst mér.

Hann hefur síðan http://sveinbjorn.org/news/2009-10-21-03-56-23/John-Gray-fyrirlestur-um-frjalshyggju.html">snúist gegn frjálshyggjunni og verið einn af aggressívari gagnrýnendum hennar undanfarin 20 ár.

Grétar | 13.11.2009 kl. 17:29

Samt hommi!