Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 20, 2012

“Charity rejoices in our neighbor’s good,” said Thomas Aquinas, “while envy grieves over it.” Unfortunately, grieving over our neighbor’s good has become a dominant part of recent economic discussions (“income inequality,” the “Buffett rule,” the “99%”).

Journalist Matt Lewis recently talked to talked to Dr. Victor V. Claar about the rise of envy in economics. You can listen to the audio below.

Related: Dr. Claar recently gave a talk on “Envy: Socialism’s Deadly Sin” Acton On Tap (you can listen to the audio here) and will be delivering a talk on “Fair Trade vs. Free Trade” in an upcoming AU Online event (you can find more information here).

  • RogerMcKinney

    “From the very beginnings of the socialist movement and the endeavors to revive the interventionist policies of the precapitalistic ages, both socialism and interventionism were utterly discredited in the eyes of those conversant with economic theory. But the ideas of the revolutionaries and reformers found approval with the immense majority of ignorant people exclusively driven by the most powerful human passions of envy and hatred.”

    Mises in Human Action