Freedom means responsibility

Wall Street Journal
by George McGovern

03/07/08

“Nearly 16 years ago in these very pages, I wrote that ”one-size-fits all’ rules for business ignore the reality of the market place.’ Today I’m watching some broad rules evolve on individual decisions that are even worse. Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves, the right and the left are becoming ever more aggressive in regulating behavior. Much paternalist scrutiny has recently centered on personal economics, including calls to regulate subprime mortgages. … Since leaving office I’ve written about public policy from a new perspective: outside looking in. I’ve come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society...

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