"The Founders knew that the role of a moral government is to create the conditions of liberty and opportunity so that each of us can define success as we see fit and then work with all our might to attain it. Their visionary insight was that allowing us to earn our success is precisely what gives each of us the best chance at achieving real happiness."
Arthur C. Brooks
President, American Enterprise Institute
The Founding Fathers knew this because they were scholars and circumspect as to the prevailing cases for free enterprise.
If you are going to establish a nation based on individual freedom, voluntary exchange, limited gubment, and what they called a novus ordo seclorum, or "new order for the ages," there is no point in also serving up an economic system that stifles and stultifies those very things!
Dr. Brooks is making that point! And makes it very well and over and over again in his book The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise.
It has been said that our nation's founding, its unique form of democracy, was an "experiment." NONSENSE!
The Founding Fathers knew that it would fall apart if immorality, irreligiosity, and corrupt bureaucracy took over! OUR SYSTEM DEPENDS ON MORALITY! Understanding that they set up a political and economic system based on correct principles and let it fly!
But wait! Free enterprise is a MORAL system? Free enterprise gives us, as Dr. Brooks says above, "the best chance at achieving real happiness"?
The utter MORALITY of free enterprise, and America's form of capitalism, has been made over and over again for centuries by economists in FREE societies!
Dr. Brooks makes the case as well, in various publications and in the book titled above. His thesis (contention?) is that the MORALITY of free enterprise is demonstrated in three ways:
- Earned success
- True fairness
- Helping those in need
Can any gubment not organized to promote liberty and freedom encourage conditions that promote any of those three criterion?
If we are not free to perform to our best abilities and exchange in voluntary labor to provide goods and services, how can we earn success?
Can anything but a system of true fairness bring out our best such that we can develop those abilities, and thus, over time, improve our goods and services offered for exchange?
Is there any other economic system, where we are free to develop ourselves and employ others in our creative pursuits, that better helps those in need?
I highly recommend this very fun video clip: http://youtu.be/7NfLUCBZ1is
It is Dr. Brooks's explanation of how MORALITY fits into the economic mix. And it does!
Is it moral to act for oneself and not be acted upon (except by a free market)?
Or is it moral to be acted upon by a gubment that directs your existence and tells you where and how you fit into its conception of an "economic mix?"
Watch the fun video! It is only 8 minutes and you will be engrossed. This production was made by a TEACHER who is TEACHING. Notice that those who's system, economic or gubmental, does not include the freedom to choose cannot make any MORAL case for their system? Watch this and decide for yourself where MORALITY lies!
MORALITY ALWAYS LIES IN FREEDOM - THE FREEDOM TO ACT, THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE, THE FREEDOM TO BE AND BECOME.
You STATISTS can argue with me on that last statement, but you will not get very far, even in your own mind.