I’m sure as consistent defenders of liberty we’ve all experienced someone saying to us that since we consistently defend liberty and free markets, that we should not drive on government roads, call the fire department, etc.
Well, thanks to twitter (shameless plug: follow me @Locjeb) I stumbled upon a list of “60 Things NOT To Do If You Hate the Free Market.” So next time some statist says something to you like “Don’t drive on government roads!”, respond by requesting they not do the following:
1. Do not buy a desktop or laptop computer (PC or Apple).
5. Do not use air conditioning.
6. Do not buy food from a grocery store or supermarket.
19. Do not buy any products made, produced, or assembled in China, Japan, Taiwan, or any foreign nation.
40. Do not use a refrigerator to freeze food or keep it cool.
45. Do not buy or use glasses, contacts, or any form of corrective lenses.
47. Do not wear braces or retainers to correct orthodontic problems.
50. Do not eat in restaurants that are privately operated.
58. Do not buy or use video cameras or engage in any form of photography.
60. Do not bitch and moan about the unintended consequences of government intervention in the health care, financial, drug, energy, or transportation industries.
The fact is, without the mechanisms of the market and the division of labor, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder.
The less we are free to prosper, the less we get in return. Americans are comparatively very free today. We are ranked 6th out of 141 countries in economic freedom, and among the wealthiest countries in the world. The free market works — and not just for the rich. Keep this quote in mind:
The record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system…The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. — Milton Friedman