Is it too much to accept that people can act decently, honestly, openly, fairly, and respectfully? Even though none of those virtues have any value attached to them by neoliberal economics – which may be no coincidence?
For of course neo-liberal economics depends upon the observation that when people are left alone they tend to act decently, honestly, openly, fairly and respectfully.
There are those few that don\’t true, which is why we have such things as laws and courts and prison cells, but by and large neo-liberalism (as with liberalism itself, and in opposition to either conservatism or or the more rigid forms of lefty Statism) notes the basic humanity of humans and then depends upon that basic straight dealing in most of the areas of life. Which is why we argue that, by and large, peeps should be left alone to get on with it because they will act decently, honestly, openly, fairly and respectfully.
As opposed to conservatism or the more Statist forms of leftism that assume that peeps are not decent, honest, open, fair or respectful and thus need to be told, in detail, what they may do with, respectively, either their gonads or their money.
Really, to accuse us of not accepting that very thing we assume to make our system work……