Bastiat’s greatest contribution is that he took the discourse out of the ivory tower and made ideas on liberty so clear that even the unlettered can understand them and statist’s cannot obfuscate them. Clarity is crucial to the moral superiority of personal liberty.
About Mark Shupe
Mark Shupe is a contributing author at Center for Individualism. He is also an investment strategy advisor and fitness instructor. Mark studied economics and finance at the University of Notre Dame. His writing passion includes the history of Western Civilization, the moral case for Capitalism, and the promise of Individualism.
Entries by Mark Shupe
Before 1870, only the rich could afford whale oil and candles. With the drop in the price of kerosene, working-class people all over the nation could afford the one cent an hour that it cost to light their homes at night. Working and reading became after-dark activities new to most Americans.
While the printing press was changing the world, printed music was new because it was more difficult to create. Also, mass produced pianos were taking hold, and Beethoven saw the possibilities for being the first software publisher for this new hardware. As first mover to reach mass audiences, Beethoven stumbled across an abstract concept that had not yet been named: capitalism. For the first time in history, large swaths of humanity would soon enjoy the comforts previously reserved for royal court.
The most important economic effect of population growth is the contribution of additional people to our stock of knowledge. This contribution is more than large enough to overcome the costs of population growth. The problem is not too many people, but lack of political and economic freedom. Profit is the only route to sustainability, it is up to entrepreneurs to save the world.
Our graduates have a sort of wisdom that is really rare in today’s culture. They have learned how to write clearly and eloquently. They have drawn inspiration from countless, beautiful works of literature. They have learned things in science where they can look at the world and see order and intelligibility. We don’t talk about college.
The value to Pulitzer’s donors was the concretization of one of their highest values – liberty, integrated in to a work of great art that lights the way to a future as it could and should be. From New York Harbor, Liberty gazes east and encourages people to take pride in the fact that you can do this too – through value creating capitalism.
One comparison to Freedom’s Radicals is the illiteracy, mysticism and anarchy of the Dark Ages. In the modern and postmodern eras the comparisons include the human disasters known as the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution and the Cuban Revolution. Freedom’s Radicals today are creating disequilibrium in favor of peaceful human progress.
Philosophy is largely unappreciated. This is a shame, everyone has one. For most people, their philosophy is a random collection of slogans that have been acquired from popular culture. It is not grounded in rational core principles. The first tenet of our Manifesto alludes to the philosophical core our Poetic Justice Warriors profess – reason, purpose and pride.
Like all great entrepreneurs, Lloyd best understood the needs of his customers and created innovative ways to serve those needs. Like the world wide web, he was open for business everyday, day and night. Lloyd knew better than anyone that the most important service he could deliver to these particular customers was information.
Victor Hugo asks, “Who set cold white panes in place of that stained glass of gorgeous hue? An architect, on the plea of good taste, amputated it.” And one might also ask, what has become of the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution, the one that guarantees federalism? Our progressive masters, on the plea of the common good, amputated it.
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