Who is Less Free than 40 Years Ago?
12/02/08 - ChicagoBoyz by Shannon Love
[edited] Anyone who creates new wealth has seen their freedom to create attacked. Farmers, builders, manufactures, and small business people all have seen their choices progressively reduced. Individuals have far fewer choices when it comes to such activities as raising crops, building houses, building factories, designing products, setting work rules, or running a corner store.
Most of us do not see this contraction of freedom because we are not economic creatives. Most of us work for creatives; we ourselves do not create the businesses that pay us or the products and services they sell. We do not personally bump our noses against the government restrictions that limit the people who employ us and sell to us.
Restricting the freedom of economic creatives ultimately restricts the freedoms of everyone. Without the material necessities and luxuries provided by the creatives, the rest of us cannot implement our own choices.
If the State controls your access to food, shelter, medical care, transportation, and information, the State controls you. All modern tyrannies began with economic control, then used that power to suppress other freedom.