Economic Development and Ideology

Economic growth, modernization, and social justice are probably the three most prominent conceptualizations of development today, but they certainly aren’t the only ones. You might not think of libertarianism as a theory of development, but in an important sense it is. For libertarians, the good life is understood as one in which individuals are free to do as they please within only the sparest of constraints. Here again, industry, democracy, and growth are all beside the point. Liberty is the goal, and social and political changes that expand freedom can be understood as developmental gains.

… no conceptualization of development can exist without an ideological foundation.

Jay Ulfeder,  “Development as Ideology,” Dart Throwing Chimp, 17 January 2013

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