Interesting Take on Rousseau

From p. 262 of Matt Ridley’s excellent 1996 book The Origins of Virtue:

[Margaret] Thatcher and her allies were articulating what is, in some ways, the most Rousseauian argument–that government does not impose virtue on inherently evil people, but corrupts the original virtue of the market place.

Rousseau would likely disagree, but Ridley has potentially hoist Rousseau by his own petard.

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