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John Stossel on Democracy Delusions

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When the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago this week, people in the Soviet Bloc gained something even more valuable than a right to vote: a free market. Democracy is definitely better than taking orders from Communist dictators. But real freedom means doing what you choose as an individual, not waiting for the rest of society to vote on whether you can, John Stossel writes. 

The left treats markets with contempt and voting as if it's sacred. Politicians on both sides want us to think of our grubby little individual lives—full of buying and selling, of self-expression and risk-taking—as something inferior to the exalted political process. But our individuals lives and choices, argues Stossel, matter more than just those moments we spend in the voting booth picking the lesser of two evils to run other people's lives.