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My Favorite Period in History – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Posted by M. C. on January 3, 2023

That was, without a doubt, the most unusual society in history. It was also the most prosperous society in history. Americans had discovered the key to ending poverty. It was also the most charitable nation in history. When Americans were free to accumulate unlimited amounts of wealth, they used it to build the hospitals, museums, libraries, and charitable foundations. 

https://www.fff.org/2022/12/29/my-favorite-period-in-history/

by Jacob G. Hornberger

My favorite period of history is the United States in the years 1870-1915. 

Why?

Because it is the freest period in the history of man. 

Was it a libertarian panacea? Nope. There were, in fact, infringements on liberty, such as the violation of women’s rights, the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1870, compulsory school-attendance laws in Massachusetts, and others. 

But in terms of economic liberty, there is nothing that can match it. 

Imagine: 

No income taxation or IRS. People were free to keep everything they earned.

No welfare, including Social Security and Medicare. Charity was entirely voluntary.

No drug laws. People were free to consume, possess, or distribute whatever they wanted.

No immigration controls. Everyone was free to come to the United States.

No minimum-wage laws. 

Very few economic regulations. Economic enterprise was free of governmental control.

No foreign wars, interventions, wars of aggression, coups, state-sponsored assassinations, torture, or indefinite detention, except, unfortunately, the Spanish-American War in 1898 and the war against the Filipino people, which signaled the turn toward empire.

No passports.

No Pentagon.

No enormous standing military establishment or military-industrial complex. Instead, simply a basic military force.

No CIA.

No NSA.

No FBI.

No foreign aid. 

No foreign military bases.

No departments of education, labor, commerce, and others.

See the rest here

Be seeing you

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