One More Question for Traditionalists

I have another entry to add to Joe’s list of questions for “historicist traditionalists.”

Do traditionalists disavow economic laws that transcend place and time?  That is, do they believe that a minimum wage law in Saudi Arabia should be judged by different standards than a minimum wage law in the United States?

I get the feeling from Ben’s response to my earlier attacks on traditionalism that the answer is “yes.”  (Ben says: “If the Saudi Arabians want a more libertarian culture, then they should develop one within their own cultural context.”)  If so, could someone please enlighten me as to how raising the costs of labor will tend to not discourage employment in Saudi Arabia or wherever else?  (That is: tell me how raising the minimum wage, wherever you are, will not have the tendency to keep employment lower than it otherwise would be–which is different from the question of whether there may be some situations in which a minimum wage increase is accompanied by either stagnant or increasing employment rates.)

Conversely, if the answer to my question is “no,” then haven’t traditionalists given the whole game away?  They will have recognized an objective criterion independent of any tradition, and standing in judgment of all traditions.

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4 thoughts on “One More Question for Traditionalists

  1. joeptak

    why stop at economics. if human behavior cannot be generalized about in any significant way; if we cannot hypothesize about causes and effects and we’re at best able to interpret and understand human behavior, then i think that would put traditionally “objective” knowledge about science in jeopardy. If we’re historically bound in the way that ben, edmund and others suggest, then what are we doing speaking of any relatively reliable transcendent knowledge? what does our historicity say about cause, effect and prediction in science? can we claim that scientific laws exist or that experiments and hypotheses are valuable if we ourselves are stuck in history? since there’s a hurricane coming, i figured i’d ask. i think that historicism with regard to human experience and knowledge of it can easily lead to relativism about scientific knowledge.

  2. Witryna do nagrodzenia. świeże nawiązanie do tego zagadnienia. Sukcesów w dalszej nowych postów. Wasz czytelnik.

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