Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The preeminent 'virtue' of modern society

"Confronted with St. Paul's admonition against "covetousness", Christian libertarians -- a phrase as oxymoronic as Christian socialist -- respond with something like Calvin's interpretation of "covetousness" as nothing more than an immoderate desire for gain," which leaves the door open to a life devoted to the getting and spending that men have elevated to one of the highest of virtues . . .

. . . it has been an American dream to be rich enough to commit any sin we like with impunity. Such people do not seek humility from their mirrors but look into their flickering screens and see themselves as celebrities who transcend the laws of right and wrong. For them, there is no God but Mammon, and Mises is his prophet."

Thomas Fleming / Chronicles Magazine April 2010

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