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From ‘Free to Choose’ to ‘Choose to Obey’

Posted By Don Boudreaux On November 17, 2010 @ 9:05 am In Inventive intervention,Nanny State | Comments Disabled

Here’s a letter to the Washington Post:

Hoping to revive the ‘Progressive’ agenda, Katrina vanden Heuvel calls on surviving Democrats in Congress to “sharply define choices for the American people” (“Amid losses, some ways for House Democrats to gain [1],” Nov. 17).

Curious choice of words, for ‘Progressives’ aren’t noted for their love of choice (save on the issue of abortion).  This is a political movement infiltrated by protectionists eager to restrict Americans’ choices to buy foreign-made products.  It’s a political philosophy dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created equally stupid and gullible – so stupid and gullible that individuals cannot be trusted to choose what wages to work for (see ‘Progressive’ support for minimum-wage and ‘equal-pay’ legislation); to choose what to ingest (see ‘Progressive’ support for bans on certain foods and their ceaseless crucifixion of tobacco companies); to choose how to arrange their own financial affairs and to provide for their own retirements (see ‘Progressive’ support for regulations on consumer credit and for Social Security); and to choose how best to educate their children (see ‘Progressive’ hostility to reforms that promote school choice).

Ms. vanden Heuvel and her ilk want Americans to choose only to be ‘nudged,’ fettered, and otherwise denied the right to choose for themselves.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

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