Sandy Ikeda of The Freeman praises McCloskey’s Bourgeois Dignity.

Ikeda: TANSTAAFL and Saving: Not the Whole Story, 4 September 2012.

“As McCloskey, as well as Rosenberg and Birdzell, have argued, it isn't saving, capital investment per se, and certainly not colonialism, income inequality, capitalist exploitation, or even hard work that is responsible for the tremendous rise in economic development, especially since 1800.

“It is innovation.

“And, McCloskey adds, it is crucially the ideas and words that we use to think and talk about the people who innovate–the chance takers, the rebels, the individualists, the game changers–and that reflect a respect for and acceptance of the very concept of progress. Innovation blasts the doors off budget constraints and swamps current rates of savings.”

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