Tyler Cowen quotes Bono, of all people:
‘I ended up as an activist in a very different place from where I started. I thought that if we just redistributed resources, then we could solve every problem. I now know that’s not true. There’s a funny moment when you realize that as an activist: The off-ramp out of extreme poverty is, ugh, commerce, it’s entrepreneurial capitalism. I spend a lot of time in countries all over Africa, and they’re like, Eh, we wouldn’t mind a little more globalization actually.’
Read it here.
There are people who believe that progressive taxation is the solution to most if not all problems. There are people who believe that entrepreneurial capitalism will bring salvation.
First: salvation comes in paradise. Die first, then find salvation.
Then: no progressive taxation without commerce.
At least, it’s refreshing to hear something positive about globalization, now that both left and right appear to have indulged in the idea that the Antichrist is nothing less than globalization.
Ironically, Christianity was globalization avant la lettre. No more local gods, one savior for all. You don’t want our savior? Burn.