Socially Constructed

johnhall johnhall@isomedia.com
Sun, 9 Mar 2003 17:38:13 -0800


> From: fork-admin@xent.com [mailto:fork-admin@xent.com] On Behalf Of R.
A.
> Hettinga

> http://www.techcentralstation.com/1051/printer.jsp?CID=1051-030603B

As I started reading this, my mind was screaming "De Soto!".  I always
treated the social construction idiocy with the utmost contempt.  But De
Soto actually convinced me it could have some importance.

Then ...

> 
> De Soto drew upon Searle's work in developing his emphasis on property
> rights. In mid-April, the economist and the philosopher will share a
stage
> for the first time, as keynote speakers at a conference at the
University
> of Buffalo titled "The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of
Social
> Reality."

Yep, great book.

> 
> Thus, social constructivism, promoted and wielded by left-wing
academics
> as an intellectual weapon against capitalist society, has been
transformed
> into something very different - it now contributes to a policy
approach
> that's aimed at spreading capitalism throughout the world.

Don't you love it when that happens?