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Human Dignity, Personal Liberty: Themes from Abraham Kuyper and Leo XII

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From their inception, capitalism and free markets have evoked outcries from individuals of all stripes. Today, we hear from those on the Right that market forces destabilize society, that they undermine tradition, and that they have a tendency to corrupt culture. Similarly, from those on the Left we hear that market forces oppress and alienate man, turning him into nothing more than a commodity that gets bought and sold on the open market to the highest bidder. Each side of the spectrum voices important concerns that may be reduced to one much simpler: the fear that market forces treat people as objects, not as persons.

Michael Novak, "Human Dignity, Personal Liberty: Themes from Abraham Kuyper and Leo XII," Journal of Markets & Morality 5, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 59-85


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