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The vehemence of his critiques of the Australian command mechanism was in many ways Hayekian in nature: 'the higgling of the market is a sanction more prompt, delicate and potent in its operation than any rewards or penalties that are within the slow reach of an over-burdened judge or commission' (1929, p.
As Adam Smith put it, the necessary adjustments are not accomplished by "accurate measure, but by the higgling and bargaining of the market," and although the result is not exact, it is "sufficient for carrying on the business of common life" ([1776] 1976, book I, chap.
Let us by all means apply the sacred principles of free trade to trade in vice, and regulate the relations of the sexes by the higgling of the market and the liberty of private contract.
Polanyi (1944) found that in antiquity "the idea of profit is barred; higgling and haggling is decried; giving freely is acclaimed as a virtue; the supposed propensity to barter, truck, and exchange does not appear" (49).
Of Wythe's devotion to the cause of independence, Jefferson said:</p> <pre> On the first dawn of that [Revolution], instead of higgling on half-way
On workplace relations issues one can readily discern this by reverting 100 years to such notoriously mistaken disparagements of the outcomes of 'the higgling of the market place' by Justice Higgins or by drawing on the present day perspectives of Justice Kirby, such as his exaggerated assertions that the national industrial system has had 'big successes' in 'avoiding nation-wide strikes' and in 'providing rapid response' by 'bringing disputing parties around the table' (Kirby 2001).
If all is a matter of "virtuosity," the performance art of discourse, then the Lecturer can dismiss any preoccupation with morality: "Virtue has had her day; and henceforward, Virtu, so nearly the same thing as to differ only by a single letter (which surely is not worth haggling or higgling about)--Virtu, I repeat, and Connoisseurship, have leave to provide for themselves" (13:16-17).