The Fragility of Freedom

Those of us who have been fortunate enough to be born in the United States in the twentieth century naturally take freedom for granted. It seems to us that a relatively free society is the natural state of mankind. But that is a great misconception. Freedom is very far from being the natural state of mankind. On the contrary, it is an extraordinarily unusual situation if you look back through history, in any place on the globe.

Milton Friedman asserts that in order to maintain our freedom we cannot economically continue “along the road we have been going. In going from 10 percent of the national income being spent by government to 40 percent it was possible to maintain a large element of freedom and individual liberty because it was possible to give large benefits to small groups at small costs spread over many people.”

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 16:4
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