Monday, March 27, 2006

Aristotle and the Welfare State

From Charles Murray over the weekend:

But Aristotle was right. Virtue is a habit. Virtue does not flourish in the next generation because we tell our children to be honest, compassionate and generous in the abstract. It flourishes because our children practice honesty, compassion and generosity in the same way that they practice a musical instrument or a sport. That happens best when children grow up in a society in which human needs are not consigned to bureaucracies downtown but are part of life around us, met by people around us.

Read his article, "A Plan to Replace the Welfare State."
Update: K-Lo at National Review interviews Murray. And Andrew Ferguson takes a look too.


At Monday, 27 March, 2006, Blogger Laserlawyer said...

Speaking of Aristotle, have you read a book called "A History of Knowledge" by Van Doren? I'm just getting started with it and finding it very enjoyable indeed. Van Doren was the editor of the Encyclopedia Brittanica for a number of years, so he brings an interestingly broad swwep to his perspective.

At Monday, 27 March, 2006, Blogger GrenfellHunt said...

I'm afraid I haven't read this book by Van Doren. And I look forward to reading Murray's approach to welform reform: I could think of a number of objections to Murray's proposal, but it will be interesting to see how he lays things out.



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