10.30.2006

God'n'growth

I saw this over to Crooked Timber:

It seems that for Western Europe to regain its dynamism, it has to move to a freer market economy, higher rates of childbirth, higher immigration, and greater religiosity.
I wish I could figure out why I find this so funny. Maybe it's the naked utilitarianism -- it makes Pascal's Wager look like the Port Huron Statement, or something. Maybe I'm just imagining little Francois early on Sunday morning in Lyon:

"Do we hafta go to church?"
"Yes" [literally, "But yes." -- ed.]
"Why?"
"Because the conseqences of a reduction in the overall rate of growth are too horrible to contemplate."

I think this will be rather less successful as a motivator than the idea of Hell. But then I am not an economist.

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