Lynn Stout


On her book Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People

Cover Interview of November 17, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Selfishness threatens both our happiness and our prosperity.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Few of us mug the elderly or steal the paper from our neighbor’s yard; many of us go out of our way to help strangers.”

On the second:

“Rather than leaning on the power of greed to channel human behavior, our laws and policies might often do better to focus on and promote the force of conscience—the cheapest and most effective police force one could ask for.”