"Well, the average American is not so pro-freedom as, say, Walter Williams, but considerably more so than the average Frenchman or German."
Really? How do you measure this?
The remarkable fact is that it is apparently perfectly legal for the government in the United States to control the price of just about everything - i.e. fascism - I mean this as literally and not in a loose derogatory sense - is constitutional in the U.S. This really illustrates that a) the constitution counts for pretty much nothing if the public wants something to happen and b) the public is not so freedom loving as to not want wage and price controls on everything. Hence Kinsley's conclusion that there is a danger of big losses in freedom should the public buy some story that reductions in freedom are necessary for security the way they apparently bought that government control of price and wages was necessary to control inflation.
Alexander Tabarrok Department of Economics, MSN 1D3 George Mason University Fairfax, VA, 22030 Tel. 703-993-2314
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