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The trouble with the view of language as a tool, and with English as an instrument of social success, is not that people who have mastered English do not indeed secure better prospects for themselves in this globalized world, but rather that the learner of English misprizes the object at hand, which is not an inert utility, but a living sociolinguistic complex with an organic being, capable of absorbing parts of other languages, and of adapting to them.
Tilman also points out that the common critique of Veblen's alleged narrow-minded devotion to productive efficiency for its own sake neglects a fairly clear body of diversified values he held--"continuity of life, creation of noninvidious community, flourishing of scientific curiosity, growth of other-regardingness |or altruism~, and excellence of craftsmanship"--and thus misprizes Veblen's moral outlook.