MDJ columnist Kevin Foley’s June 14 satire on what a free society might resemble (“Welcome to Tea Party Land”) was good for a laugh, but suggests a troubling ignorance about the nature of government and the ideas of human liberty.
Foley implies at every step that government — an institution designed and administered by people just like you and me — is the only vehicle through which safety, education, health, freedom and prosperity may be achieved. He neglects, however, both the countless examples where government has failed its charge (e.g., the IRS, DOJ, FEMA), and where free people, cooperating in a free market to create value for each other, succeed in solving our inevitable wants and problems.
There will never be permanent or perfect solutions, but, working together voluntarily, we can discover the least imperfect. Begging Mr. Foley’s pardon, we do this every day so long as government stays out of the way.
Director of Programs & Alumni Relations
Foundation for Economic Education