When creationist thinking today is applied to the astrophysical, geophysical, and biological parts of the world, almost all members of the “reality-based community” (as modern American leftists are now fond of calling themselves) reject it as simplistic, baseless, and thoroughly at odds with scientific thought. “Only red-state yokels blinded by religion believe in creationism and reject natural selection!”The reality, as Boudreaux explains, is that all these things result from the spontaneous order of human action. The state can certainly affect the character and results of the order, but it does not create it.
But the bluest blue-state left-“liberal” atheist oughtn’t be too quick with the self-congratulatory praise of his or her own rational faculties. Most left-liberals are pure creationists when it comes to society and social order. For them, government is the creator of order – of high wages, of safe working conditions, of safe food and drink, of fair prices, of good education, of trustworthy physicians, accountants, and butchers, of peace, commerce, culture, and civility itself.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Posted by Glen Whitman at 4:51 PM
Don Boudreaux makes one of those points that's so good, and so clearly correct, that it prompts me to think, "Damn, I wish I'd said that first!"