Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wisdom from the Future of Freedom Foundation

From today's Future of Freedom Foundation Update:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A great many persons at the present day are quite contented with this sort of compromise between administrative despotism and the sovereignty of the people; and they think they have done enough for the protection of individual freedom when they have surrendered it to the power of the nation at large. This does not satisfy me: the nature of him I am to obey signifies less to me than the fact of extorted obedience.
— Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America [1835]

From Monday's Future of Freedom Foundation Update:

Monday, September 24, 2007

Not understanding the process of a spontaneously-ordered economy goes hand-in-hand with not understanding the creation of resources and wealth. And when a person does not understand the creation of resources and wealth, the only intellectual alternative is to believe that increasing wealth must be at the cost of someone else. This belief that our good fortune must be an exploitation of others may be the taproot of false prophecy about doom that our evil ways must bring upon us.
— Julian Simon

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