Richard Ebeling emails:
I have a new article on the website of the Future of Freedom Foundation on, "The Moral Foundations of the Free Market Society."
Based on a paper that I delivered at the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) meeting in Hawaii last week, I explain how I try to get students to understand the intuitive sense that each of us has that murder, thief and fraud is inherently wrong. And that compulsory labor -- slavery -- is equally considered immoral by each of us. This leads to an understanding of the basis of a fundamental ethic by each person should have respected and be secure in his or her individual rights to life, liberty and honestly acquired property.
The hallmarks of the free market society are freedom of choice, voluntary exchange, honesty in all marketplace dealings, and a humility that it is a misplaced arrogance and hubris to believe that any individual, group or government has sufficient knowledge, wisdom or ability to direct, plan or regulate the lives and affairs of all the other members of society.
If these ideas and principles are properly and persuasively communicated, it can serve as a successful antidote to the presumptions behind the growing totalitarian "progressive" intolerance against liberty on too many college and university campuses around the country.