QOTD 1/2/2020: Johan Norberg on Optimism

 

This quote is taken from an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on December 17.  Johan Norberg is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.

“…we’ve lived through a period of populist revolts and geopolitical tensions, and wherever societies have been open and markets free, scientists, innovators and businesses persisted and made greater progress than ever.

That’s the case for optimism. Tin-pot strongmen, looting politicians and punctilious bureaucrats make mischief with societies and economies.  But mankind creates faster than they can squander, and repairs more than they can destroy.”

So we should head into 2020 with a positive attitude and the conviction that we can handle whatever life throws at us.  Accompanied all the way by our Ricochet friends.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    So optimistic, it’s a quarter-day early.

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  2. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    I had to do it while I was thinking about it.  Going back to work tomorrow, and the rest of the day may be a bit hectic.  Besides, as the orchestra conductor said, Early is On Time, On Time is Late, and Late is Unacceptable.

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  3. Arahant Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I had to do it while I was thinking about it. Going back to work tomorrow, and the rest of the day may be a bit hectic. Besides, as the orchestra conductor said, Early is On Time, On Time is Late, and Late is Unacceptable.

    I definitely wasn’t complaining. You’re doing a fine job. 😉

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    I’m with you Rush Babe!! Optimism is the way to go!

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  5. Vectorman Inactive
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    So optimistic, it’s a quarter-day early.

    It’s already January 2nd from India to the International Date Line.


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  6. Samuel Block Support
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    Well, I just saw it. And it’s been January 2 for a whole six minutes in my time zone. 

    Yay, optimizing optimism!

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  7. Stad Coolidge
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    So optimistic, it’s a quarter-day early.

    That’s what a Bloody Mary after brunch will do for ya!

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  8. Stad Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I’m with you Rush Babe!! Optimism is the way to go!

    I’m so optimistic, I’m sure nothing good will come of it . . .

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  9. Ray Kujawa Coolidge
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    RushBabe49: But mankind creates faster than they can squander, and repairs more than they can destroy.”

    The destruction of course would be limited to what has been created by others. I see a parallel to Socialism and spending. Because  Socialism cannot create anything on its own, Socialist governments cannot spend money any faster than people can make it. Once those governments run out of money they can take, there’s nothing left to give back to the people. At least with a nominally free-market economy, the people always have the ability to feed themselves.

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  10. Stad Coolidge
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    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):
    Socialist governments cannot spend money any faster than people can make it.

    But they can spend it as fast as they can print it, like we are . . .

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