When we gloss over the complexity of the real world, we end up losing far more understanding than we often realize, and end up with strangely skewed perspectives on what happened and what to do about it.
Let us celebrate honesty in politics above all else, even when it preaches something brazenly wrong, such as is the case with the far left and the far right today. Sincerity and forthright telling of truth in the long run skew in the direction of freedom. It’s the Gnostics among us that confuse and confound and create social systems that do the same.
For centuries, the whole point of commercial capitalism has been missed. It is not about material greed much less exploitation and exclusion. Its fundamental theme is love of this special sort. That is its driving energy and ethos. This love permeates every aspect of its operations. It requires love. It rewards love. It elicits love. It lives on love.
It drives me crazy to see people so fully enjoying the benefits from private property, trade, technology, and capitalistic endeavor even as they blithely propose to truncate dramatically the very rights that bring them such material joy, without a thought as to how their ideology might dramatically affect the future of mass availability of wealth that these ideologues so casually take for granted.
If there’s one article or book you wish those on “the other side” could read with an open mind, what would it be?
Liberty in its personal, social, and economic aspects cannot be compromised without threatened and actual loss of its essential qualities and a losing of the moorings that protect humanity from the paternalistic and overbearing and tyrannizing state.
Instead of striving for a theoretical ideal of perfection, markets are supercomputers of epic proportions, leveraging the information and motivation of every individual to make sure the right resources get to the right places at the right time.
The Whole Foods brand has grown and Amazon’s stock soared. More importantly, this takeover woke up retail giants such as Kroger, whose stock suffered a great hit following the purchase. So when experts alerted the world early in 2018 that Amazon was going to purchase Target as well, everyone paid attention.
For China to crack down on its supposed violators of IP, import US law as its own, permit US courts to enforce it, and acquiesce to every other point demanded by the US, even if these impossibilities were possible, would end in making its economy less free, less productive, and more dangerous for free enterprise.
The sharing economy has made sharing our private property and time more than acceptable; it’s made it a glamorous occupation. As millennials transform side hustles into how they make a living, yet another aspect of our personal lives is becoming fair game: our closets.
More effective than any government program would have been, the introduction of the internet, increased access to birth control, and the increased awareness that came from a popular TV show obviously helped generations of teens to make better decisions about their own lives.
The market provides, even when nobody expects it to. That’s the lesson we’ve learned from Walmart, whose Texas mental health clinic is helping customers in need.
The rose-colored tint on the glasses through Michael Lewis views government is vibrant and intense, but for libertarians who want to see real, practical, and attainable change in the near term, Lewis’ arguments are worth taking seriously.