The View From 1776
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Why A College Education Can Corrupt Your Children
Congressman Paul Ryan, on the Wall Street Journal website, reviews a book that sets forth the liberal-progressive societal ideal that appears to animate President Obama. Columbia University’s Professor Jeffrey Sachs, in The Price of Civilization, explains why fighting the War of Independence put us on the wrong track toward the wrong life goals from day one.
Jeffrey Sachs is only the latest in a long line of thinkers to reject the values of our commercial republic
By PAUL RYAN
Free enterprise has never lacked for moral critics. In the mid-18th century, for instance, the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau rejected the proposition that the free exchange of goods and services, and the competitive pursuit of self-interest by economic actors, result in general prosperity