I visited the FDR Memorial the other day.  It’s full of quotes from the man, many of which have to do with the New Deal (“I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a New Deal for the American People”).  Many of them, on their face, might be ambiguous or generically in favor of helping the poor, but in the context of history, knowing what he actually did as president (the New Deal), it’s clear that he’s talking specifically about government policy.  In other words, FDR fell into the common liberal error (was it common then?) of conflating voluntary charitable help with forced redistribution.  Here’s just one example:  Read the rest of this entry »

Can We?

September 6, 2010

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The story of America in the twentieth century was the story of the growth of government.  It has accelerated and decelerated, and even retreated at times, but taken together, it looks almost inexorable—it grows and grows, slowly choking out freedom and economic activity.  Read the rest of this entry »