sábado, abril 22, 2006

Put your pen where your mouth is!

Sabendo a paixão assolapada que a Blogosfera portuguesa tem pelo Frederico, cá vai um desafio, lançado pela Mont Pelerin Society, a propósito da Assembleia Geral a realizar em Novembro próximo na Guatemala.
São 5000 palavras a apresentar até 15 de Junho.

“From the first establishment of (trade) which served reciprocal but not common purposes, a process has been going on for millennia which, by making rules of conduct independent of the particular purposes of those concerned, made it possible to extend these rules to ever wider circles of undetermined persons and eventually might make possible a universal peaceful order of the world.”

The idea that the rules of conduct pertaining to trade are independent of both particular and common purposes leads one to reflect on how and under what conditions a “universal peaceful order of the world” might, one day, be achieved. Hayek here extends the more intuitive view of the classical liberals, who also believed that trade encouraged peaceful, civilized behaviour, but did not deepen their reflection, leaving current generations to discard the idea as being naive. However, Hayek did not pursue this topic, leaving it to the current generation of younger scholars to explore (for his reasons, see The Constitution of Liberty, p. 263).

As the current generation of younger scholars, you are to respond to Hayek’s statement.
Se alguém ganhar que me mande um postal.