Dr. Russell is Director of the
A favorite cliché of those who have faith in the welfare state is this: In a democracy, we can have both guaranteed jobs and freedom of choice.
Those people are aware that in a dictatorship it doesn’t work out that way. But millions of sincere Americans honestly believe that it can be different in a democracy. Well, it can’t—as was illustrated beyond any shadow of a doubt in
In peacetime, in the oldest democracy in the world, once-free men were driven underground to mine coal when they did not wish to do so. They were fined and imprisoned by their own democratically elected leaders because they imagined their government could guarantee them jobs without compelling them to work at specific jobs. Here is a factual report of a small segment of that sorry experiment under a democratic government:
In February 1946, Sir Stafford Cripps [Chancellor of the Exchequer in
Today Sir Stafford can repeat his first speech: "No country in the world, as far as I know, has yet succeeded in carrying through a planned economy without the direction of labor."¹
Fortunately, the British people were able to turn back the clock toward freedom before total disaster engulfed them. But the union leaders and the other welfare staters never give up. They will return with their planned economy when those of a new generation again accept the belief that their government is obligated to provide a job for every man who is unemployed through no specific fault of his own.
1 R. Hopkin Morris, Member of Parliament, from his booklet Dare or Despair, published by International Liberal Exchange,
The Market Method
When any commodity is carried to market, it is not the necessity of the vendor, but the necessity of the purchaser that determines the price.
EDMUND BURKE, Thoughts and Details on Scarcity, 1795