Comments: All Hail Freeman

"Too many Americans are struggling with a rigged economy." Wasn't that an early Trump Tweet?

Posted by johngalt at July 24, 2017 6:46 PM

FDR's New Deal, Truman's Square Deal, Schumer's Better Deal. They had one idea, and a bad one at that, and they repackage it as needed.

Posted by jk at July 25, 2017 9:56 AM

It may be a bad idea, but it has become a part of our governing principles - in the form of FDR's "Second Bill of Rights." While this "Economic" bill of rights was never ratified in any way, but merely the central element of a speech by the then President, it became the moral authority upon which the New Deal was founded and has not been refuted or discredited in a material way to this day.

Last night at Flatirons Liberty on the Rocks we heard passionate and eloquent arguments in favor of privatizing or bringing market competition to all functions of government. But that seems an utter impossibility if we cannot first unseat the misguided notion that every man is entitled to economic support from his neighbors.

Posted by johngalt at July 25, 2017 12:50 PM

Yes, four guys arguing over what kind of government they can't have. At least the beer was good!

Thanks to everybody who showed up!

-- My remarks (as written, any reseblence to what I stammered out is purely coincidental!)

-- Justin's (He's a good and disciplined orator -- this matches my memory pretty well. And, he's got a photo.)

Posted by jk at July 25, 2017 2:32 PM
"My challenge is this: Every time you advocate that government provide a certain good or service, replace the word government in your mind with the word monopoly. Then try to think of economic reasons why a monopoly would provide that particular thing better."

The first and best answer is national defense. A nation's army should be a monopoly. For economic reasons, and much more. First, don't divide your forces. Second, don't have more than one chain of command. Third, don't have more than one commander-in-chief.

But I'm stuck in past and present thinking. Much of what government does CAN be done competitively. And should. Let's start with health care - Obamacare and Cruzcare should exist side by side, with consumers FREE to CHOOSE between them. May the best plan win.

Posted by johngalt at July 25, 2017 3:19 PM
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