Monday, November 30, 2009
Sobre as minhas ligações 4
Os artigos do Mises.org (http://mises.org/articles.aspx) são excelentes se você quiser uma explicação sobre os fenômenos econômicos longe do marxismo e do mainstream keynesiano e pós-keynesiano. A economia realmente é um fenômeno complexo, mas não devia ser complicada ou inacessível aos leigos. O último artigo, por exemplo, é uma resenha escrita por Bettina Bien Greaves sobre o livro "The Foundations of Morality" de Henry Hazzlit que fala, entre outras coisas, da relação entre a moralidade e a religião. Um trecho: "In human history religion and morality are like two streams that sometimes run parallel, sometimes merge, sometimes separate, sometimes seem independent and sometimes interdependent. But morality is older than any living religion and probably older than all religion. [W]hile religious faith is not indispensable [to the moral code] …, it must be recognized in the present state of civilization as a powerful force in securing the observance that exists. The most powerful religious belief supporting morality, however, seems to me … the belief in a God who sees and knows our every action, our every impulse and our every thought, who judges us with exact justice, and who, whether or not He rewards us for our good deeds and punishes us for our evil ones, approves of our good deeds and disapproves of our evil ones. Yet it is not the function of the moral philosopher, as such, to proclaim the truth of this religious faith or to try to maintain it. His function is, rather, to insist on the rational basis of all morality, to point out that it does not need any supernatural assumptions, and to show that the rules of morality are or ought to be those rules of conduct that tend most to increase human cooperation, happiness and well-being in this our present life." Como se vê, a coisa não se trata apenas de economia, não é mesmo?