greg (grysar) wrote,

There's a great tribute to Milton Friedman in Salon.

"Lord, enlighten thou our enemies," prayed 19th century British economist and moral philosopher John Stuart Mill in his "Essay on Coleridge.""Sharpen their wits, give acuteness to their perceptions, and consecutiveness and clearness to their reasoning powers. We are in danger from their folly, not from their wisdom: their weakness is what fills us with apprehension, not their strength."

For every left-of-center American economist in the second half ofthe 20th century, Milton Friedman (1912-2006), Nobel Prize winner, founder of the conservative "Chicago School" of economics and advisor to Republicans from Goldwater to Reagan, was the incarnate answer to John Stuart Mill's prayer.

I really rather like that prayer. Apropos of the prayer (and not apropos of Milton Friedman who I disagree with on things but by most accounts was a good guy) I've had a fairly random thought relating to the DnD core mental stats: charisma, wisdom, and intelligence. I don't think anyone doubts that there's been genuinely evil people with high intelligence, let alone lots of charisma. However, are there real historical examples of people possessing a lot of wisdom but still being evil? I mean you can be wise and neutral. I don't have any problem with that. But I tend to think that almost by definition wisdom means you avoid the excesses of evil.

I'm not calling for a change in DnD or anything. I understand the role it plays in game mechanics. But I just don't see the analogy to the real world.
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