Save Us From Such ‘Progress’

by Don Boudreaux on May 29, 2022

in Philosophy of Freedom

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:

Editor:

Your prediction rings true that this summer many Americans will suffer blackouts caused by ‘green-energy’ policies (“America’s Summer of Rolling Blackouts,” May 28). Having read your prediction immediately after spending what seemed an eternity washing my hands under the miserable mist emitted by my new (government-mandated) low-flow bathroom faucet, I was struck by this realization: Progressivism, preternaturally itching to issue diktats, thrives on undoing the ease, convenience, and comfort brought to humanity by free markets.

My fear is that Progressives won’t be satisfied until we’ve been ‘progressed’ back to a literal dark age in which every detail of the lives of us serfs is overseen by our masters as we’re brainwashed into being grateful for the yokes around our necks, the muzzles on our mouths, and the crumbs that barely sustain us.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
and
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

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