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If Rents Can Be Created, They Will Be Sought

Here’s a letter that I sent yesterday to USA Today:

To the Editor:

Drummond Drew writes that “We need to find a way to get money out of politics” (Letters, April 26).  He mistakenly supposes that carts push horses.  Money is in politics only because politicians confiscate and control so much of our money.

The only way to free politics from the influence of money is to free our money from the influence of politics.

Donald J. Boudreaux

Or, as my friend George Leef asks in an e-mail that he sent to me, “is it better to spill sugar all around and then devote lots of effort to trying to keep ants out, or just not to spill the sugar in the first place?”


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