from: Breakpoint with Chuck Colson
Hope for Health Care Reform
What We Can Do
March 1, 2010
“On the one side, the Democrats seem intent on reform through increasing government’s role in health care. The Republicans, on the other side, are firm in their belief that reform should come through better regulated free markets.”
This illustrates perfectly the problem with many Republicans, and many Christians who think about political economy. I admire Mr. Colson for much of his work. He is, no doubt, a much smarter guy than I will ever be.
But the phrase ‘better regulated free markets’ is just so much non-sense.
A regulated market is not free. A free market cannot be regulated and remain free. The lack of economic freedom is the root cause of 90% of most economic problems.
People who are free to work, produce, give, trade, save, invest, etc. as they wish will almost always have most of the things they wish to consume. It’s not a perfect system. It’s not a ‘system’ at all. It’s freedom.
And if you try to ‘regulate’ freedom, of necessity, you must destroy it.