Asset Forfeiture

Lessons for Liberty

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Lawrence W. Reed is the president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), widely considered to be America's first liberty-oriented think tank. The group was started in 1946 by Leonard Read (no relation), who is most famous for authoring of a vivid celebration of global trade and the division of labor, "I, Pencil." Today FEE publishes The Freeman and hosts seminars for high school and college students.

Reed has been an advocate for liberty since 1968, when at age 14 he bought a bus ticket to Pittsburgh to protest the USSR's invasion of Czechoslovakia by joining the Young Americans for Freedom in burning a Soviet flag. At Freedom Fest 2009 in Las Vegas, Editor in Chief Matt Welch asked Reed to list three economic lessons that need to be relearned in 2009. 

1.) Government has nothing to give to anybody, except when it first takes from somebody.

2.) A government that's big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you've got.

3.) Free people are not equal economically, and economically equal people are not free. Freedom will generate differences in income, because we're different one person to another.

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane.

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