Re: [asa] The ASA and the Soft Sciences (ASA focus for the future- Christian economics)

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Sat Jan 03 2009 - 13:36:17 EST

On Jan 3, 2009, at 11:06 AM, Rich Blinne wrote:

> On Jan 3, 2009, at 10:51 AM, Dehler, Bernie wrote:
>> My claim is that economics is amoral. That is why “Focus on the
>> Family,” for example, doesn’t harp on the issue, as they do for
>> stem cell research and abortion.
> But they do. When they argue about global warming it's because of
> their belief that the market shouldn't be regulated. See also this
> piece by Chuck Colson arguing the markets should not be regulated
> whilst railing against "relativism".

During the campaign season I got a flyer from FotF concerning the
Colorado senatorial race. "Family" issues included lowering taxes and
offshore oil drilling!

On Jan 3, 2009, at 11:29 AM, wrote:
> Sigh. By mentioning "regulation" you presuppose a certain framework
> drawn from neoclassical economics. I might suggest the core issues
> relate to subsidiarity and virtues such as prudence and then we'd be
> talking Catholic social treaching. Btw adam smith was writing "moral
> philosophy" not "economics".

Exactly. My discussion with respect to regulation should be in the
context of being an application of deeper moral principles such as
mentioned by David above. Other principles include fighting oppression
and the proper relationship between the rich and the poor.

Rich Blinne
Member ASA

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