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Monday, June 27, 2011

Brittle: Milton Friedman- Liberty and Equality?

Source: Brittle- Professor Milton Friedman-
Source: Brittle: Milton Friedman- Liberty and Equality?

As libertarian economist Milton Friedman said, a society that aims for equality over liberty, will have neither. The reason being that if you keep taking from the wealthy to give to the poor, you take incentive that people need to make money. Because government will just jack it away from them. If society aims for liberty so people can live their own lives and essentially govern themselves and be as successful as their skills and production will allow, people who are better educated, more inventive, more creative, more strategic, more productive, will be more successful in life than people who aren’t. As they should be, because they put in the work to make that happen. Thats called capitalist economics, liberal capitalism, or liberal economics, even, where people can make as much money and be as successful as they can essentially can be. To have a strong economy, people have to have the incentive to be successful, or they won’t be.

But what we can have is an economy where we have equality of liberty. Where everyone has a shot to be as successful in life by getting a good education. And then putting those skills to work the best that they can. No economic system is perfect. Everyone comes with plus’ and minus’. The trick is to have an economic system that works the best. Where the plus’ outweighs the minus’s so much, that system is worth having. A progressive tax system is part of that, but not to the point that you tax wealth so much, that you take incentive away to create wealth in the first place. But a tax and educational system that encourages people to make money and for wealth to be created, instead of punishing those activities. And not having more incentive for people to be dependent on government for their financial survival.

There’s so such thing as true equality in any economic system. Where everyone is equal at least in a good way. In any economic system, where’s there’s a substantial amount of economic freedom, so people can make a good living, some people are going to make more money than others. Because we aren’t all equal economically, some people just bring more skills to the table than others. In a classical socialist economy where the state owns the economy, everyone might be equal economically, but they are all poor, unless they have a good government job. Take Cuba for example, but even they have moved to open up parts of their economy to privatization.

Paul Krugman: It's Not Fair That Some People Are Rich: To the Contrary

When it comes to deciding what type of Economic System a country should have, there some things that have to be decided first. What's the best Economic System for your particular country and you can look at other countries for ideas as well. But that doesn't mean what works in another country will automatically work in your country. What works in Canada, or America or Sweden might not work in France, Brazil or Mexico. You need to figure out how much freedom and ability if any, your willing to give your population to deicide what type of life they are going to have and how much quality of life they'll be able to achieve. And how much taxes they are going to pay if any, how much assistance from government will be provided if any, for people who at the time can't quite make it on their own. How much regulation if any your going to have, the Rules of the Road that individuals and business's will have. Will you have a Private Sector or not or a combination of a Private Public Sector Economy, that Europe has.

Personally I believe in the Economic System that America had up until ten years ago where people were able to make as much money as their skills and production would allow legally. Where people paid taxes based on their income, the more you made the more you paid essentially. And where government regulated how individuals and business's interacted with each other to prevent and punish abuses. And where we made things in America instead of shipping jobs oversees. To now where we have a system where the more you make, the more taxes you can escape from paying and get the biggest benefits in Tax Cuts. And where we have now a free and unfettered market thats not regulated very well, take Wall Street for example. A big reason for the "Great Recession" of 2008 that we are still struggling from. But I'm also not in favor of a Socialist Economy, whether its Classical Socialism. Where the State owns the Means of Production in Society and there's very little if any Economic Freedom for the people and there isn't any Private Sector. Take North Korea more of a 4th World country then a 3rd World country and easily one of the poorest countries in the World. I'm also not in favor of a Democratic Socialist Economy, where even though there is a Private Sector. But where its Highly Taxed by American Standards and Highly Regulated again by American Standards. And where the Central Government essentially collects all of the revenue in the economy and passes out its benefits to the people it feels needs its the most. To finance an expansive Welfare State, where you can essentially make a good living collecting Unemployment Insurance, take Sweden for example. But even Sweden is rethinking their Welfare System.

The best Economic System for America is and why we did have the strongest economy in the World not just the largest ten years ago. Is where everyone has a shot at a good education and can go out in the Private Sector and make as much money as their skills and production will allow. And pay taxes based on how much you make, where the economy is well regulated but not over regulated. Where the people are expected to be able to take care of themselves but where there's a Safety Net for people who fall down to help them get up. Thats what we had from 1981-2001, except for a couple of recessions and it resulted in the best economy the World has ever seen. Which is why so many former Socialist Economy's have moved in our direction instead of the former Soviet Union's.

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