Posted by: Chris | December 2, 2009

Ethically Challenged

The Weberian Protestant ethic leads to economic growth hypothesis can finally be laid to rest.  Chris feels vindicated.  This is all.



  1. Don’t you have to advocated a position – and have had your advocacy meet some resistance – in order to (justifiably) feel vindicated when that position receives confirmation? In other words, why do you feel vindicated?

  2. You certainly would need to have held a position, and had good cause to suspect that advocating said position would meet with resistance. I don’t know that actually advocating said position is necessary however.

    Perhaps Chris has been quietly stewing for many years, mentally rehearsing his arguments against the economic benefits of the Protestant ethic and yet unwilling to express them for fear of the backlash that could provoke.

  3. Hmm, I can see where things might have become confusing.

    The Protestant ethic leads to growth theory is very well-known amongst comparative politics types, largely because Max Weber spawned it quite persuasively almost a century ago. Those argue for cultural determinism in political/economic development often refer back to it as a sacrosanct example of the same. I have always found the argument and the article more than a bit specious, despite its authorship, and voiced that opinion whenever the subject came up in class. However, most people (not without due cause) prefer to agree with Weber over not-Weber, and thus prefer to keep the connection between Christian sects and industriousness unquestioned in the realm of fact. Thus, Chris feels vindicated. Just because Chris hasn’t voiced an opinion to you lot doesn’t mean it hasn’t been voiced and pushed back against by others for unconvincing reasons.

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