Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.
Protectionism and Free Trade
In every trade, a person is giving up something he values less for something he values more. Every time a shopper buys any item from another person, he has improved his standard of living, and so has the seller.
The Espionage Act is a tyrannical law enacted two months after the U.S. entered WWI. Unfortunately, it remains on the books today.
Bureaucracy and Regulation
Just as people shouldn’t be forced to send their children to church, they shouldn’t be forced to send their children to a state-approved organization for secular education and training.
This is one of the horrific consequences of socialism: It creates mindsets of dependency on the government, much like going on heroin.