Limitless Opportunities


One of the advantages of running a film festival — especially a libertarian film festival — is that I have the opportunity to view dozens of interesting movies. (And dozens of dull ones too, of course . . .) One documentary on third-party candidates offers the ubiquitous refrain that limitation is the key to fairness:

Limit income. Limit cars. Limit profits. Limit children. Limit consumption. Limit the quality of life in order to increase the fairness of life. We will all have less, but at least we will all be equal. I couldn't help thinking of Winston Churchill's epigram about capitalism and socialism: "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."

By contrast, libertarianism offers limitless possibilities by encouraging entrepreneurship, innovation, choice, and accountability.

So, speaking of limits, I say: Limit government. Limit phony crony capitalism. Limit hands in one another's pockets. But don't limit the opportunity to produce and create. And don't limit people’s right to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Such thought-provoking films this year! Can't wait to share them with our viewers.

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Jon Harrison

The FreedomFest debate on "Are We Rome" will no doubt be interesting, though I fear the issue will be joined on a basis of false premises. I happen to believe that we likely are retracing Rome's steps, but my conclusions are based on a Spenglerian analysis. The FreedomFesters arguing for parallels with Rome will, I think, be following Haskell's "The New Deal in Old Rome" -- a book that amounts to putting a 20th century American pastiche on an utterly different culture. To compare ancient Rome's political economy to that of 20th century America is truly a case of apples and oranges.

I do like the concluding paragraphs of this little essay, though I can't agree that any doctrine, including libertarianism, offers "limitless" possibilities. But then I'm well known as a glass half-empty guy.

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