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Why do you say that free markets are moral?
Free markets create abundance. Opening up any economy unleashes human ingenuity and enterprise. Allowing more competition and opportunity for profit means greater investment in job-creating enterprises and innovation. You end up with lower prices, more available goods and services, more jobs and growth. People’s real world needs are met. The most vibrant sectors of our economy—such and technology, food and clothing—are those that are the most free. Or compare communist North Korea with South Korea and its market economy. Which society offers the greatest fairness?
Why is this book important to read right now?
Our book deals with the fundamental question at the heart of the 2012 presidential election: What kind of nation do we want to be? Are we a country founded on the values of freedom and limited government as envisioned by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? Or do we want to become a European-style social welfare state?
Several books have recently explored why free enterprise is moral. What makes this book different?
Freedom Manifesto places the moral differences between economic freedom and Big Government in exceptionally stark relief, showing the real choices facing us today. For example, do Americans want Apple or Solyndra?—a society that provides the chance for anyone to get ahead or one based on cronyism that keeps out true innovators and newcomers? Do they want Silicon Valley or Detroit?—a creative innovation economy like our technology sector, or one mired in rigidity, like our over-regulated health care industry?
Wouldn’t society descend into chaos without government to provide guidance? Why do you say “Big Government” is immoral?
Government is essential to the functioning of free markets because it establishes rules of the road and creates a stable environment where transactions take place according to the impartial rule of law. But Big Government is different from reasonable government. It directs people’s activities and imposes constraints on personal choice and individual freedom. It is about favoritism and paybacks to powerful political constituencies. Big Government also divides society, with various interest groups jockeying for political favors.
In a free market, you don’t have to please powerful politicians to advance. Newcomers can rise and upend established players. There is greater mobility and more prosperity for all. The markets of a free economy promote cooperation and democracy. If that’s not a fair and humane society, what is?
Economics can be a dry topic but this book is entertaining and easy to read.
Reagan believed in that the vast majority of people will do good and will cooperate to create value and better lives for themselves and their communities.
The reason I feel this book is so important is that we are facing an election for America's future.
Given this is written by someone who inherited all his wealth, and wouldn't know actual competition if it bit him in the rear end, I find his musings on the wonderfulness of free... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. J. Lamb
Even as a republican this book is too much. It is really only about Obamacare and how much the author hates it. Terrible read.Published 5 months ago by Mitchell Williams
I love this book. I order this book for my business ethics class. This book in this price have good enough quality.Published 11 months ago by denny
As we continue to loose our freedom to unworkable ideas and the politicians who advocate them, it is refreshing to read someone who understands the stakes and has a clear view of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Freemind
This book is a must read for anyone who questions where we came from, as a Country, and where we are headed if we continue on the current political path.Published 12 months ago by Hooty
Excellent book that takes the highly complex facets of capitalism and explains them in ways that can easily be used in conversation. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Santino Cannizzaro
Some good observations on leftist misconceptions of "free markets" but it doesn't say much about neoliberalism and doesn't mention how both industrial and post-industrial... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeremy Brunger
Steve Forbes always presents a well thought out and reasonable discussion whenever he presents his ideas.
I learned a lot and appreciated this book