Nail meet hammer

March 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Economy, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Chicago : Jno. B. Jeffery Pr. & Eng., 1884 (Library of Congress)

Hammer Ted Frier, over at They Gave Us A Republic, hits the nail squarely:

Conservatives are right to warn that public dependence on government can become a debilitating addiction.

Yet, conservatives do not appear equally sensible to the fact that the reason the free market is such a prodigy of productivity is precisely because an intricate and specialized division of labor makes every citizen dependent on every other citizen. So, when government responds to this productive interdependence with laws preventing the strong from exploiting the weak, this is not socialism but justice.


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