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Amartya Sen speaks

Personally, all my life I’ve benefited from mixing with people who have had very different views from mine. I’d like to tell you about a great teacher and friend of mine, Peter Bauer, who was very right-wing and in fact later became the principal economic adviser to Margaret Thatcher. You know, I had such marvelous arguments with him over the years. He’d tell me why I was wrong and I’d tell him why he was mistaken; but as a venerable teacher he never dismissed what I had to say. That’s important, to listen. And I say this as someone who’s seen my fair share of the Stalinist haughtiness of the Left and the Mussolinite ways of the Right.

– Amartya Sen
(Times, July 28, 2013)

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