So says the Gadsden Times, Gadsden, Alabama, on its editorial page:
As for the actual or threatened boycotts, we say to both sides — those who want stronger gun regulations and those in the “from my cold, dead fingers” brigade — have at it. Really let the market decide instead of just saying those words without meaning them.
Please forgive my coarse language but, I am afraid that the market is a cold-hearted bitch with no soul. I hate using the "B" word but in our sexist language I can't think of a genderless or male noun that expresses the same level of condemnation as the sexist "B" word.
Most of Alabama believes in, unfortunately and wholeheartedly, the entirely false interpretation of Adam Smith's "invisible hand" of the market, for these folks fail to go on to explore:
The idea of an invisible hand that guides the free market to produce mutually beneficial outcomes is perhaps Adam Smith’s best-known idea. It has been interpreted to mean that acting in self-interest can be virtuous. But this would be an odd interpretation, given Smith explicitly says that virtue consists of thinking less about yourself and more about others:
which goes on to quote the real Adam Smith:
And hence it is, that to feel much for others and little for ourselves, that to restrain our selfish, and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature; and can alone produce among mankind that harmony of sentiments and passions in which consists their whole grace and propriety. (Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 5)
Moral prudence. What an interesting concept in these days, these "Trump" times.
The Theory Of Moral Sentiments was a real scientific breakthrough. It shows that our moral ideas and actions are a product of our very nature as social creatures. It argues that this social psychology is a better guide to moral action than is reason. It identifies the basic rules of prudence and justice that are needed for society to survive, and explains the additional, beneficent, actions that enable it to flourish.
Self-interest and sympathy. As individuals, we have a natural tendency to look after ourselves. That is merely prudence. And yet as social creatures, explains Smith, we are also endowed with a natural sympathy – today we would say empathy – towards others. When we see others distressed or happy, we feel for them – albeit less strongly. Likewise, others seek our empathy and feel for us. When their feelings are particularly strong, empathy prompts them to restrain their emotions so as to bring them into line with our, less intense reactions. Gradually, as we grow from childhood to adulthood, we each learn what is and is not acceptable to other people. Morality stems from our social nature.
The fiercely determined kids of Parkland, Florida, the survivors of the Valentine's Day massacre have it right. And, so do all those other kids nationwide, worldwide. Self-interest in pure survival. Self-interest in seeing that other survive.