Freeman

September 2011

Volume 61, 2011

Kevin Carson discusses how Progressives tried to run society along the lines of the new "scientific" management of factories--and why both failed.  Warren Gibson takes time out to notice the miracles of the market place.  George B. N. Ayittey shows how free-market liberalism is in Africa's DNA and much, much more.


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Taylorism, Progressivism, and Rule by Experts

AUGUST 24, 2011 by KEVIN A. CARSON

The Progressive movement at the turn of the twentieth century--the doctrine from which the main current of modern liberalism developed--is sometimes erroneously viewed as an "anti-business" philosophy. It was anti-market to be sure, but by no means necessarily anti-business. Progressivism was, more than anything, managerialist.

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