What Liberty Really Is

Don Boudreaux reflects on what individual liberty is all about, including the liberties to:

• To choose to work at whatever wages we can negotiate, even if these are below some stipulated “minimum wage”

• To choose to install in our homes and places of business toilet-tanks of whatever size we’re willing to pay for

• To choose not to have as much as one cent of our money funneled to corporations, such as General Motors, that we do not support as consumers

• To choose to buy foreign-made goods or services without ever having to pay a special tax

• To choose to ingest whatever substances we, as adults, deem worthwhile

• To choose how much, if any, money to save for our retirement years

• To choose how much, if any, funds to give to help the poor — and to choose which charities will and will not get our money

• To choose not to support government schools

• To choose to buy only those works of art that we like, rather than have the National Endowment for the Arts make many such choices for us

• To choose the level of safety that we want in our automobiles, and not be compelled to buy that level of safety deemed appropriate by Washington.

His article is here.

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