Posted by Rojas @ 2:03 pm on December 25th 2007

Defending Ebeneezer Scrooge

An instant classic from Butler Shaffer. Reagan’s wasn’t nearly as good. A brief snippet:

It is instructive that Dickens tells us virtually nothing about the nature of Ebeneezer’s business. We know that he is something of a banker or financier, but we are told nothing about the nature of his investments. Even if he has not been a creative entrepreneur himself, he has, presumably, been responsible for financing many successful enterprises, which have not only benefited the rest of the community in terms of goods and services they provide, but afford employment to countless individuals, including Bob Cratchit. For all that we know – and it would seem to be beneath Dickens’ sensibilities to ask such a question or care about the answer – Scrooge may have provided capital for researchers seeking a cure for the very ailment from which Tiny Tim suffers. We know that, at the very least, by managing to stay in the lending business these many years, and accumulating handsome earnings in the process, Scrooge’s decision-making has been beneficial to others. All of this goes unmentioned by Comrade Dickens, who prefers to focus upon the fact that Scrooge has actually profited from these many benefits that his sound business decision-making has indirectly bestowed upon his neighbors.


  1. For a less favorable view of Scrooge, see Roderick Long’s wonderful “Who’s the Scrooge? Libertarians and Compassion”

    Comment by antboy — 12/26/2007 @ 9:46 am

  2. I can see you playing an excellent Scrooge, if not the Ghost of Christmas Future…

    Even though his business was helping others through the market, Scrooge was mean- the problem with his character wasn’t that he profitted. It’s that he was stingy to a fault and just not a very nice guy.

    Comment by Juno — 12/26/2007 @ 7:15 pm

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