Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Kids should be hearing Friedman today

The words of Milton Friedman from his book Capitalism and Freedom  make more sense:
The paternalistic "what your country can do for you" implies that government is the patron, the citizen the ward, a view that is at odds with the free man's belief in his own responsibility for his own destiny. The organismic, 'what you can do for your country' implies that government is the master or the deity, the citizen, the servant or the votary. To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them. He is proud of a common heritage and loyal to common traditions. But he regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a grantor of favors, and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshipped and served. 
Government should be about helping us to protect our freedoms, not making us into wards who are to protect and serve our government. Obama's remarks to school children seem contrary to this notion.


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