Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Exactly

I've got about six posts which are just hanging around not getting finished, and they're stubborn buggers. So while they loiter uselessly, here's a quote from superhero Will Wilkinson.

Whether or not all our institutions are legitimate — and certainly they are not — they are also very good in relative terms, both historically and contemporaneously. My immediate interest is in taking steps to make those institutions better in a way that opens up to the possibility of expanding liberty and thereby well-being the world over.

Of course, if you think that things were better sometime in the past (hunter gathering?) then it may seem funny to call our institutions good. This is why I think it's important to establish that liberal western countries are, in fact better than alternatives (though not optimal).*

*In keeping with my current blogging trouble, I just deleted a dreary, rambling discussion of the pros and cons of hunter gatherer life, a topic on which I am, of course, an expert.

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