Peter Johnson

Salsman on “‘Fixes’ killing the market”

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On Tuesday, February 24, 2009, the National Post (Toronto) published another opinion piece by THE FORUM expert Richard M. Salsman.

For those browsing using mobile devices or with limited Internet speeds, I also include a link to the mobile version of the piece.

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It's scary. Salsman just presents the facts for the first half of his article and it seems at though, for the vast majority of Americans, Atlas Shrugged had never been written. As if Wealth of Nations had never been written. Hell, as if no rational economics had ever been taught anywhere.

In fact, most people in this country are either completely ignorant about what a free market is, or, like Obama, were taught Class Warfare, Social Justice, and Marxism as the only "economics" to which they were ever exposed. Here are those sad statistics. We have work to do.

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It's scary. Salsman just presents the facts for the first half of his article and it seems at though, for the vast majority of Americans, Atlas Shrugged had never been written. As if Wealth of Nations had never been written. Hell, as if no rational economics had ever been taught anywhere.

In fact, most people in this country are either completely ignorant about what a free market is, or, like Obama, were taught Class Warfare, Social Justice, and Marxism as the only "economics" to which they were ever exposed. Here are those sad statistics. We have work to do.

"Only the dead have seen the end of war." Plato

"War is hell." General William Tecumseh Sherman

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines war as:

- a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism

- a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a paticular end

Plato's quote rings more clear when one recognizes that the struggle of opposing forces will never stop and that as long as people stand for something they are at war, they are a warrior. I offer that if people are going to be warriors (intellectual or physical) that they should learn the traits and skills of warriors, that is they should learn how to fight to win.

The definition of fight is:

- to put forth a determined effort

- to attempt to prevent the success or effectiveness of

- to struggle, endure or surmount

We must become fighters which requires that we become pugnacious and truculent individuals and stop sitting back while we watch the opposing force win this war. Right now the opposing force/enemy is winning the intellectual war and have been for a long time. I think there time is up and that we definitely "have work to do." But we are not going to win this war by being arm-chair warriors that are afraid to endure some pain. By the very nature of war, intellectual or physical, we cannot escape tolerating some pain once a stand is made.

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