29 Apr 2013

The Major Ills of the World”

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Henry Grady Weaver (1889–1949) worked as a mechanic, salesman, and draftsman before becoming director of customer research for General Motors. He was placed on the cover of the November 14, 1938 issue of Time magazine.

From The Mainspring of Human Progress, 1947:

“Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own. The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional do-gooders, who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means.”

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hillclimber

Amazing insight for the time



SDD

Henry Weaver was a man who was very empirically oriented. Any “pet theories” he advanced would be subject to modification by real-world experience. Not so with liberals. If liberals had designed cars at General Motors, they would have ignored the role of tires because in a just world friction would not exist.



nightspore

Isabel Patterson said something similar. I think it’s in her book, The God of the Machine.



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