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San Diego 9/11 Truth Message Board › The Road to Freedom - an interview with Walter Block

The Road to Freedom - an interview with Walter Block

A former member
Post #: 158
"I think humans are hard-wired, based on sociobiological consideration, to be
anti-freedom. We, as a species, have lived for millions of years in groups of
twenty to thirty in caves and forests, where markets couldn't, or anyway, didn't
function. As a result, I contend, we are not biologically built to appreciate
markets. Every time I get a new freshman class, I have to demonstrate to their
utter amazement and consternation that minimum wages don't help the poor, that
free trade does, that markets, not welfare, help the poor, etc., etc. I think
the reason for this is not merely the TV programs they've seen, or children's
books (for how, then, do we explain them?) but rather that our species is
biologically biased against economic freedom. It will always be a hard slog to
promote liberty.

"Looking back over history, over the entire world, there are very few instances
of freedom we have had. Yes, two hundred years ago in the United States and
Great Britain; but these were aberrations. As social scientists, we do not have
to explain these statistical outliers; rather, we have to account for the 99.99
percent of human history where freedom is not an ideal. It is perhaps a
testimony to the libertarian movement that the freedom philosophy has rarely
been stronger throughout all of history, but in only a dozen or so countries."­
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