“In a free society prosperity is achieved by persons who take initiative for themselves – persons who do not sit around, brandishing excuses, waiting for their needs to be “addressed” by Great Leaders. Insofar as any person’s needs become the responsibility of the state, two consequences are inevitable. First, and worst, that person loses his or her resourcefulness and dignity. Second, he or she suffers the perpetual risk that, as the winds of politics shift and economic reality collects its dues, the once-provident state becomes uninterested in “addressing” those needs or increasingly unable to do so.”

Donald J. Boudreaux

(Don Boudreaux is the Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University and a Business & Media Institute adviser).