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Without the State, Who Will Handcuff Teens for Selling Water Bottles? – Foundation for Economic Education – Working for a free and prosperous world

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 3, 2017

https://fee.org/articles/without-the-state-who-will-handcuff-teens-for-selling-water-bottles/

Tourists taking a stroll around the national monuments this past weekend might have wondered what horrible crime was committed by a group of black teenagers sitting handcuffed and detained on the sidewalk. But while imaginations may run wild, the truth of the matter is extremely tame; the only offense these teens were guilty of was selling bottled water without first asking the government for permission. 


The market is a liberator of all people, regardless of their circumstances. It exists to help all those who are willing to utilize it well. When individuals of all ages are allowed to take full advantage of everything free market capitalism has to offer, they are able to better their circumstances, innovate their lives, and rise out of their situations.

When the state is continually building and reinforcing barriers that are put in the way of those who are already facing poverty and other unfortunate circumstances, it keeps them from achieving their full potential and becoming successful individuals. If the state is serious about trying to help those from the most vulnerable communities, the simple solution would be to stay out of the way.

I like the phrase “The market is a liberator”.

The government, crony capitalist and banksters see these rebels selling water bottles as threats to their power.

Whom would we be better off without?

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