Liberty maximizes prosperity


Kent McManigal

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Local columnist

Many times I have been asked some variation of the question, “I don’t understand; what is it you want?”

Well, what is it most humans want?

I think most of us want health, safety, and prosperity — let’s call this combination “happiness” — for ourselves and our loved ones. I want the same things! Since there’s no disagreement there, what we have is a common goal.

Like most goals, it can probably never be achieved perfectly in every way, but should serve as a North Star to let you know whether you are moving in the right direction or not.

The question comes down to, “How best to get there?” or which system works best for moving relentlessly toward your goal?

Your choice is between self determination and being controlled by someone else. Can I trust myself and my decisions to get what I want or should I trust someone else’s judgment and decisions?

It’s a matter of do it yourself or rely on others to do it for you.

Not everyone is an expert chef, yet just about everyone manages their meals just fine, and if you prefer to leave your food preparation to someone else — a professional, perhaps — it is no one’s business but your own.

However, just because you prefer to hand off your food preparation responsibilities to others doesn’t give you any right to demand everyone else follow your example.

The same goes for every other aspect of life.

Liberty — the absolute right to do anything that doesn’t violate the life, liberty, or property of anyone else — is the best system ever discovered for allowing each and every individual to maximize his own health, safety, and prosperity. It even leaves enough left over so you can help others who might be having trouble of their own.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has helped out when I had an abundance and the opportunity presented itself.

But government, that anti-social institution, always gets in the way. It’s a vehicle used by those with the most influence to force you to do everything the way they prefer you do it, regardless of your wishes or the more accurate information you may be operating under. It takes away choice and volition and replaces it with fiat.

There are a few people who benefit from this arrangement: those who work for the government and those who are utterly dependent upon it due to refusing to take responsibility for themselves.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to let the most dysfunctional people in a society have a say in how I live my life.

Farwell’s Kent McManigal champions liberty. Contact him at:

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