The False Dichotomy of Enlightenment Economics I

One of the great dichotomies of modern thought is the conflict between Classical Economics (“Capitalism”) and Socialist Economics (more specifically “Marxism”). I would argue (and am hardly original in this notion) that the Cold War was between birds of a feather fighting over the same nest rather than diametrically opposed species. Because of their common root in Enlightenment assumptions about the nature of man, the universe, and epistemology, Capitalism and Marxism (or rather their adherents) have both caused incalculable dislocation, violence, and misery in the last two centuries. Certainly not the sole contributors to the inhumanity and malaise of contemporary society, but major contributors nevertheless.

Know your enemy:

The Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith

The Communist Manifesto

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