LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 16 Progressives have a problem with ownership, especially when it’s yours. The very notion seems to conjure up in their minds an anti-social acquisitiveness, selfishness, and greed. Far more quickly, they come to the defense of “sharing” because it suggests sacrificing ownership...
LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 12 Many people wander unwittingly into socialism, gulled by assumptions they have not tested. One popular but misleading assumption is that security and freedom are mutually exclusive alternatives—that to choose one is to forego the other. In the United States during the...
Clichés of Progressivism, Part 11 LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN For a society that has fed, clothed, housed, cared for, informed, entertained, and otherwise enriched more people at higher levels than any in the history of the planet, there sure is a lot of groundless guilt in America. Manifestations of that guilt...
PAUL L. POIROT, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 9 It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right to property. Property, per se, has no rights; but the individual—the man—has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference: the right to his life, the right...
LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 8 Thanksgiving is just one day each year.  But because we have so much to be thankful for, maybe it ought to be every day. G. K. Chesterton once said, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and...
MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 2 Milton Friedman once said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.” The great economist wasn’t just being cute. He was pointing to a very serious problem with...
PAUL L. POIROT, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 9 It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right to property. Property, per se, has no rights; but the individual—the man—has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference: the right to his life, the right to...
LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 7 Once an activity has been socialized for a spell, nearly everyone will concede that that’s the way it should be. Without socialized education, how would the poor get their schooling? Without the socialized post office, how would farmers receive their mail except...
LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 4 Argued a college president at a recent seminar: “Your free market, private property, limited government theories were all right under the simple conditions of a century or more ago, but surely they are unworkable in today’s complex economy. The more complex...
"Income Inequality Arises From Market Forces and Requires Government Intervention" MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is proud to partner with Young America’s Foundation (YAF) to produce “Clichés of Progressivism,” a series of insightful commentaries covering topics of free enterprise, income inequality, and limited government. Our society is inundated with half-truths...