The New York Times Talks to Libertine Librarians


In an otherwise zzz-tastic article on corporate social responsibility, The New York Times interviews the requisite cranky libertarians:

"C.S.R. is a misguided attempt by a subcategory of business managers to deal with the crisis of corporate legitimacy," said Isaac Post of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Russell Roberts, an economist at George Mason University, said: "Doesn't it make more sense to have companies do what they do best, make good products at fair prices, and then let consumers use the savings for the charity of their choice?"

What can they mean, these strange men with their strange anti-CSR thoughts? The Times breaks it down:

Their essential point is that companies are simply not equipped to "save the world" — nor is it their mission. That's what governments are supposed to do.