Liberal management of the pandemic

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We will take up the foundations of liberalism according to the philosophers Dany-Robert Dufour and Jean-Claude Michéa in order to exhume nine principles of this doctrine and to relate them to the management of the pandemic. Dufour tells us(1) that Bernard Mandeville, one of the precursors of liberalism, saw private vices as the breeding ground for public virtues. For the economist Adam Smith, also a proponent of laissez-faire,  » it is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the beer merchant or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from the care they give to their interests. We are not addressing their humanity, but their selfishness « . According to Michéa(2)liberalism is axiologically neutral. It is guided by a single logic: everyone does as they please. This doctrine does not encourage man to carry out a difficult work on himself that would allow him to distance himself from his passions, given that they are considered indispensable to the harmony of society. Principl …
Notes et références
  1. Dans son ouvrage Le Divin Marché, Denoël, 2007.
  2. Voir son ouvrage Les mystères de la gauche, Climats, 2013.

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