It's a good idea to stop and take stock from time to time in order to appreciate just how far we've come in the past 200 years or so—to show gratitude for just how much richer the average person is today thanks to the Industrial Revolution. In my latest Québécois Libre article, "The Great Fact: A Review of Deirdre McCloskey's Bourgeois Dignity," I briefly survey one economic historian's explanation for why it happened when and where it did.
Many critics of Ayn Rand have a maddening tendency to take her to task for ideas she did not defend and in fact explicitly rejected. They would rather score cheap debating points, it seems, than actually think about her challenging vision of the possibilities of human life. Disagree with her all you want, but as Laurie Rice puts it in the introduction to Myths about Ayn Rand: Popular Errors and the Insights They Conceal, "If you value your argument, you do it a disservice by misrepresenting its opponent."
Who Writes This
Bradley Doucet is a Montreal writer and the English Editor of Le Québécois Libre.
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