"When the J. Howard Pew Freedom Trust was created in 1957, its charter said the trust should be used to “acquaint the American people” with “the evils of bureaucracy,” “the values of a free market,” and “the paralyzing effects of government controls on the lives and activities of people” and “to inform our people of the struggle, persecution, hardship, sacrifice and death by which freedom of the individual was won.”
The "evils of bureaucracy" phrase opened my eyes. It became clear how otherwise good people can collectively do terrible things and feel absolved of any personal responsibility because that is what they are paid to do. This applies to government, corporate, and charitable bureaucracies that often collude to advance agendas. Pushing to privatize our public resources so global corporations can own them is one example of this.
The free market is based on mutually beneficial transactions that exchange money for goods or services. The values of a free market are seen throughout civilized society. Free markets help us overlook personal differences and see value in other people's talent. Crony capitalism and coerced socialism are closely related enemies of the free market. They both use government force to limit our freedom of choice. There are ways we can blend the best aspects of capitalism and socialism with free market principles to create financial freedom for everyone. Wise use of our public resources is key to unlocking this potential economic panacea.