Cradle To Grave? Brook and Watkins on The “On Your Own” Economy

Write Yaron Brook and Don Watkins in The “On Your Own” Economy – Forbes:

Are you bothered by the thought of government embedding itself in every aspect of your life? According to President Obama, the only alternative is “a government that tells the American people, you are on your own. If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. . . . That’s not the America I believe in.”


Did people shrink from the twin values of freedom and responsibility? On the contrary, the vast majority of Americans during the 18th and 19th centuries eagerly embraced life’s challenges and flourished under the new system. People didn’t flee from America, they fled to America. They
came here poor, but ambitious—ready to carve out a life for themselves in a country that offered them the only thing they asked for: an open road.

Of course, Americans during this era were not “on their own” in the lone-wolf, asocial sense implied by Obama. Free Americans developed complex webs of association based on voluntary agreement. An unprecedented division of labor—capitalists, businessmen, and workers
coming together to create wealth on an industrial scale—was a product of this new found freedom.

Read the full article at: The “On Your Own” Economy – Forbes]

  • pbr90

    Government used to be used by citizens as aids to self government, not as dictators of how lives are lived, what may be owned, nor not, when, and under what circumstances, if one works, or the way they work.
    Government intrusion knows only numbers, not faces, and its dictates are increasingly blind and deaf to individual circumstances that the courts were made for. Judicial bias has crept into those courts to favor winners and disfavor losers, upon its own accord. The rule of law left when Kelo arrived, and democracy left when Citizens United arrived. Quality of life may leave when death panels arrive.