Monday, July 22, 2002

"Market forces have no intrinsically moral direction," says Arianna Huffington. "Which is why, before he wrote 'The Wealth of Nations,' Adam Smith wrote 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments.' Ethics should precede economics. But it’s not inevitable that it will." I'm an Arianna fan, but as a Christian liberal, I'm fascinated anytime liberals talk about ethics. Liberals make it their job to say there are no absolutes, only differing perspectives, and that the problem with religion is that it forces one particular institutional view on otherwise independently minded people. So then what is the source of liberals' moral outrage? Didn't these CEO's cooking the books merely have a different interpretation of reality? Or are the Ten Commandments in play here? But I'll always cheer on Huffington et al in her rants against corporate greed, which to her credit she was making before it was recently hip.

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