From Economic Policy Journal:
This morning's edition of "Morning Coffee with Murray Rothbard" covered the importance of educating the general public. High theory and scholarship is not be enough for liberty to carry the day. The importance of the free market needs to be understood by everyone.
The intention of this post is to further elaborate on this very important topic.
Let's start with early Americans, like Thomas Jefferson, who knew that the spirit of liberty that took root in America would certainly be challenged (as it has been since day one):
"We are destined to be a barrier against the return of ignorance and barbarism."
Ben Franklin echoed:
"It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins."
Unfortunately, government has had a tight grip on the education process in America; and the ignorance of liberty is built-in to the curriculum. Fortunately, the Internet and home schooling have arrived, and will ultimately win the day.
Finally, the Liberty Bell's inscription states what needs to be done to hold back the downward pull of tyranny:
"Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."
Now let's move forward to our times.
Here's Ludwig Von Mises...
"Everything that happens in the social world in our time is the result of ideas.
"Good things and bad things...We must substitute better ideas for wrong ideas… Ideas and only ideas can light the darkness. These ideas must be brought to the public in such a way that they persuade people...
"Our civilization will and must survive. And it will survive through better ideas than those which now govern most of the world today, and these better ideas will be developed by the rising generation…
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