Friday, July 11, 2008

Wall-E Film and Adam Smith's View?

‘A Robot who offers renewal’ by Michael Gerson at Washington HERE:

Some conservatives have dismissed "Wall-E" as a crude critique of business and capitalism. This is true only if capitalism is identical to boundless consumerism -- a conviction that Adam Smith did not seem to share. Smith argued that human flourishing requires "good temper and moderation." Self-command and the prudent use of freedom are central to his moral theory. And these are precisely the virtues celebrated in "Wall-E."

Broadly correct. I haven’t seen the film so I cannot comment on its ‘message’ and how it relates to Adam Smith.

You can read the review for yourself.


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