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Heritage: Morality of Markets

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Heritage: Morality of Markets
January 9, 2013 12:00 pm
January 9, 2013 1:00 pm
Heritage Foundation
December 17, 2012
Heritage Foundation HQ
214 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC, DC, 20002, United States

In Freedom Manifesto, Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames
offer a new twist on this historic debate. Today’s bloated and bureaucratic government,
they argue, is anything but a force for compassion. Instead of assuring fairness, it
promotes favoritism. Instead of furthering opportunity, it stifles economic growth.
Instead of unleashing innovation and material abundance, its regulations and price
controls create rigidity and scarcity. Not only are Big Government’s inefficient and everexpanding bureaucracies ill-equipped to deliver on their promises – they are often guilty of the very greed, excess, and corruption routinely ascribed to the private sector. The only way to a truly fair and moral society, the authors say, is through economic freedom – free people and free markets. Throughout history, open markets have helped the poor and everyone else by unleashing unprecedented creativity, generating wealth, and raising living standards. Promoting trust, generosity, and democracy, economic freedom has been a more powerful force for individual rights, self-determination – and humanity – than any government bureaucracy. In Freedom Manifesto, the authors provide a fully developed framework of “first principles” for a true understanding of the real moral and ethical distinctions between more and less government. To RSVP, please visit

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