Politics is important only as a reflection of a country’s follies and as a lesson in the need for liberty – life without rulers. The current presidential campaign reveals American pathologies and reinforces the need to reject the state.
To decry the quality of candidates is to miss the fundamental problem. Vile and vulgar politicians come with the state; they are but symptoms. The state is evil, does evil, and attracts evil.
When politicians remove their masks of false civility, they display their true nature — they are thuggish. And even masked politicians make no effort to disguise their pursuit of criminal power. Vile people seek this power, and vile people are usually vulgar. [click to continue…]
Consider a vision — a free, peaceful, and prosperous South Africa. Economic freedom is the foundation for achieving this vision. Free trade is vital to the foundation and will stimulate further economic freedom.
While freedom is indivisible, economic freedom is key. As I recently wrote, “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.”
Significance of Free Trade
Economic freedom is itself indivisible. Why is one element, free trade, so important? Consider the observations of nineteenth-century French economist Frédéric Bastiat. [click to continue…]