Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on December 7, 2013

in Growth, History, Standard of Living

… is from page 25 of the 1993 re-issue of Rose Wilder Lane’s influential 1943 book, The Discovery of Freedom:

George Washington never heard of calories or vitamins; he lived on meats and starches through every winter; he never saw a glass of orange juice; his diet was so deficient that he lost his hair and teeth at an early age.  His clothes were uncomfortable and unhygienic.  He traveled on foot, on horseback, on in a springless carriage.  His house had no toilet or bathtub, no furnace or heating stove, no light but candles.  What was his living standard?

It was so high that forty years ago not one American in ten thousand aspired to it.

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