Friday, December 20, 2013

Freedom's Unpredictable Certainty

Shine sweet freedom
Shine your light on me
You are the magic
You're right where I wanna be
--Michael McDonald

Professor Gary Galles observes that while we can't predict precisely what freedom will produce if government-imposed restraints are removed from people's lives, we can be certain that improvement will follow.

We know this will occur because of the axiom of self-interest, the insatiable desire to improve one's circumstances, means that improvements will be sought. Moreover, when individual rights are protected, then prospective improvements require voluntary agreement. No one can force worse interests on others.

A world governed by state intervention does not possess these features. Improvement under such condition is restrained.

Precisely what improvements freedom produces is unpredictable. But freedom's capacity for improvement is predicatably unlimited.

1 comment:

dgeorge12358 said...

The common people will let it go, oh yes. They will sell liberty for a quieter life. That is why they must be prodded, prodded.
~ Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange