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I am seriously interested in the remarkable (but little-known) work Hauge did in Norway in promoting enterprise in Norway, and some argue that he single-handedly started the process of Norway's development from an agrarian to modern society.
His approach would be recognisable as a "Social Enterprise" approach in terms of its in-built cooperativism and mutualism. I am bringing to the Institute a partnership-based enterprise model which, I believe, is intuitively Haugean in its values.
The Lutheran/religious aspects of Hauge are a side issue to me: it is the values that underpin his practical work that interest me.
Your Diary re Veblen, and his alternative critique of Capitalism is extremely consistent with my own, except that I am looking at different assumptions in terms of property rights and so on.
"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed"
Some years ago when I was doing research on Midwest progressive movements, someone loaned me a very obscure book written here in Minnesota by a Hauge preacher's wife in the late 1880s. She was quite the economic radical--especially for USA. And most surprisingly for someone associated with a religious group that is SO pietistic.
St. Olaf college is four blocks from the house so I know it well. And since at least 1/3 of the Norwegian immigrants who settled around here were Hauges, I am not surprised at their interest. But it is a pretty conservative place so I imagine they will be shocked when they discover Hauge economics.
Ah yes, the Norskies--much more complex than they first appear!
"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
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