In opposition to collectivist government policies, we support free markets, and we do so for two important reasons: (1) Free markets have been repeatedly shown to produce healthier, happier, safer, and more prosperous societies than those that are governed by bureaucrats, despots, kings, or other forms of tyranny. (2) When government inserts itself into markets, immoral activity inevitably ensues, because governments force people to live their lives in a particular way, often in accordance with the will of the majority. Minorities end up being stopping socialismabused, mistreated, and punished in such systems. At the very least, minorities are often forced to sacrifice their deeply held beliefs to satisfy some wish of the majority. For instance, to advance the goal of universal health care, the Obama administration attempted to force nuns to violate their deeply held religious beliefs by making them pay for contraception and abortion. Mandating people violate their religious beliefs is highly immoral, and it is an essential aspect of any Progressive or socialist governing structure. This is not to say the people who support such systems are themselves evil, only that their ideology necessitates extremely immoral actions on the part of the government.

Socialism can’t solve America’s problems, but it sure can make them a lot worse.

PHOTO: Washington Crossing the Delaware River. Painting by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Provided by Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo is in the public domain in the United States.

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