Il est souvent étonnant de constater que les plus grands défenseurs de la culture sont ceux qui en ont le moins…

Simon Jodoin est un grand défenseur de la culture, mais quand il parle de la philosophie libertarienne, on voit plutôt une personne qui souffre d’une certaine carence culturelle.

Par exemple, dans un texte anti-libertarien, Simon Jodoin accuse les libertariens de faire de l’économie une science: « Économie : Science qui permet de comprendre non seulement la totalité des comportements humains mais aussi le mouvement des planètes. »

Pourtant, les libertariens ont toujours dénoncé ceux qui ont voulu faire de l’économie une science, nommément les keynésiens.

Voici un extrait du discours de FA Hayek, qu’il a prononcé lors de l’acceptation de son prix Nobel d’économie:

Friedrich Hayek

« It seems to me that this failure of the economists to guide policy more successfully is closely connected with their propensity to imitate as closely as possible the procedures of the brilliantly successful physical sciences – an attempt which in our field may lead to outright error. It is an approach which has come to be described as the ‘scientistic’ attitude – an attitude which, as I defined it some thirty years ago, is decidedly unscientific in the true sense of the word, since it involves a mechanical and uncritical application of habits of thought to fields different from those in which they have been formed. […]

Unlike the position that exists in the physical sciences, in economics and other disciplines that deal with essentially complex phenomena, the aspects of the events to be accounted for about which we can get quantitative data are necessarily limited and may not include the important ones. While in the physical sciences it is generally assumed, probably with good reason, that any important factor which determines the observed events will itself be directly observable and measurable, in the study of such complex phenomena as the market, which depend on the actions of many individuals, all the circumstances which will determine the outcome of a process will hardly ever be fully known or measurable. »