Monday, November 06, 2006
Liberals vs Evangelicals
Protestant evangelical Christians stand for hard work and saving for the future. Liberals stand for dependence upon the collectivized national state. Protestant evangelicalism necessitates independent thinking to discern God's Will. Liberalism requires devotion to hedonism and worship of the welfare state.
In his widely influential 1904 study, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber asked why countries like England and the United States had far outstripped other Western nations in economic productivity from the 17th through the 20th centuries. What had led to their capitalistic individualism, while Continental Europe, with the notable exception of Holland, had remained statist economies with tightly centralized controls and state business monopolies?
His hypothesis was that capitalism was implicit within Protestant Christianity. The Protestant ethic led its adherents to work harder and more efficiently and to save more of what they produced in order that it might be reinvested to produce more useful products, more efficiently. Such an ethic led to accumulation of great amounts of capital for productive reinvestment, which in turn led to rapid economic growth. ............
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