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Clichés of Progressivism

#28 – “Government Spending Brings Jobs and Prosperity”

OCTOBER 24, 2014 by HENRY HAZLITT

The broken-window fallacy reminds us to consider the future as well as the present.

#27 – “Government Must Have the Power to Make People Take Better Care of Themselves”

OCTOBER 17, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

It's easy to fall into the trap of the "quick fix" that suggests the use of force to address a perceived problem.

#26 - “Without Government Schools, Most People Wouldn't Get an Education"

OCTOBER 10, 2014 by MAX BORDERS

A one-size-fits-all approach to education is the last thing needed when what you're attempting to educate are millions of unique individuals.

#25 – “If Government Doesn’t Relieve Distress, Who Will?”

OCTOBER 03, 2014 by LEONARD E. READ

Without government assistance, a massive amount of private, voluntary aid has poured forth from American citizens since the first settlement here.

#24 -"Americans Squander Their Incomes on Themselves While Public Needs Are Neglected"

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 by EDMUND OPITZ

Freedom means spending your own money the way you choose, even if you sometimes choose foolishly.

#23 – “The Balance of Trade Deficit Requires Government Action”

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

No trades are deemed as anything but "favorable" by those engaged in the trading, so how can anyone add all those trades up and arrive at something "unfavorable"?

#22 – "Voluntary, Market-Based Arrangements ‘Use’ People”

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 by GARY M. GALLES

Progressives claim that the free market treats people like commodities. In reality, it is the only economic arrangement that protects the individual.

#21 – “Capitalism’s Sweatshops and Child Labor Cry Out for Government Intervention”

SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 by PAUL L. POIROT

Improving the lot of the working poor is not as simple as pushing a button. People are raised out of difficult working conditions over time through savings, investment, and innovation.

#20 – Government Can Be a Compassionate Alternative to the Harshness of the Marketplace

AUGUST 29, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

True compassion means taking action personally to relieve suffering; supporting government redistribution is a vastly different thing.

#19 – “Big Government Is a Check on Big Business”

AUGUST 22, 2014 by JULIAN ADORNEY

Big Government and Big Business often play well together, at the expense of start-ups, little guys, and consumers.

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