Happy 4th of July to those of you who celebrate the adoption of the US Declaration of Independence. I’m reminded of how US founding was viewed in Europe whenever I read parts of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, I’m reminded that (as he put it) the “great American experiment” yielded fruit — prosperity. Typically, the 4th is a celebration of the past. Yet as the 4th of July rolls around this year, I find myself wishing we (the people of the world) would learn more from the past and the present throughout the world about how to enable more people to be more prosperous.
The reason I care deeply about economic freedom is that I care deeply about people. It’s not about perfection — there is no utopia. It’s about facing the reality of living in a world of scarce resources and finding ways to make the best of it. I’m proud to be part of an MBM community because of the focus on people (both within the organization and in society in general). I cannot imagine working for an organization that puts a higher priority on anything else.
My hope for the world on this day of US celebration is to learn from history, to ask what do we want the world to look like down the road, and to find realistic ways to get there. I hope in several years when I write my July 4th post I’ll be able to link back to this post and say the world is a more peaceful, prosperous, and civil place.
I wish you a happy — and reflective — 4th of July.