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April 12, 2010

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Mark,
Your article makes some excellent points. The strongest moral argument for competitive markets is probably that they allow for human flourishing and dignity. Human expression leads to wealth creation.
One query: do you think the need or desire for dignity is hard-wired? Does the desire for dignity change as income grows?
Jonathan

Thanks, Jonathan.

I'm not quite sure how to answer your question, because to Kant, dignity is not a matter of desire; every rational person has it by virtue of his or her autonomy, with also demands that all persons respect that dignity.

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