It was a pleasure to make a presentation via Skype to the Bastiat Institute of Liberty and Entrepreneurship’s Youth Entrepreneurship Seminar in Tema, Ghana on August 30th, 2015. This article, adapted from the presentation, includes expanded and updated information. The principles discussed apply to all countries.
The people of Ghana need economic freedom and entrepreneurship to flourish. I will discuss the following:
- Anarchism and economic freedom
- Why entrepreneurs need economic freedom to thrive
- Ranking of Ghana and ideas for making improvements
- How entrepreneurs can undermine government barriers to economic opportunity
- How entrepreneurs can be champions of liberty
In the “The Gift of Truth,” I encourage people who recognize the immoral nature of the state to share the truth with others. As I wrote, “The state is a fraud, a criminal enterprise. It is a creature of coercion, not consent, and it lives on plunder.” Awareness of the ideas of anarchism will, at the least, encourage skepticism of the state.
The actions of the state betray its criminal origin and continued criminal nature:
- It steals, calling this taxation;
- It coerces, calling this lawmaking;
- It kidnaps people and puts them in steel cages, calling this policing; and
- It engages in mass murder, calling this war.
Anarchy means “no ruler.” Free of rulers, people make decisions for themselves.
One does not have to be an anarchist, however, to appreciate the need to enhance economic freedom. This freedom is the foundation for better lives.
Economic freedom, combined with a culture of capitalism, leads to prosperity, greater individual opportunity, better health, cultural evolution and enrichment, and improved stewardship of the environment. It also promotes civil liberties, political freedom, and peace. [click to continue…]