With all the abstract discussions about public policy, with our great ambition to develop “systems”, we tend to forget, incredibly, that the core component of human systems is individual, unique human beings – each a unique universe unto himself or herself.
We should wonder how we have so many discussions about freedom and so few about individual free choice and personal responsibility and the existence of good and evil which make individual responsibility and choice so important.
This important book reminds us of the inseparability of economic freedom and individual virtue and responsibility.
The American civil rights movement was inspired and animated by images of the Bible – the Israelites enslaved in Egypt, their leader demanding “Let my people go.”
But the movement made a grave error to overlook that the reason for the liberation from Egypt was so that that nation could go and receive the law and live according to it, freely, in their own land.
Freedom is more than removal of external barriers of oppression and limitation. It demands individuals personally adopting principles of truth and virtue so that they may govern their own lives and live successfully with others.
The loss of this perspective has cost black Americans economic progress.
Now our whole nation flounders as more Americans of all backgrounds turn to government and political power for answers rather than freedom and personal virtue and responsibility.