“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
That’s one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Samuel Adams (1722 – 1803). A great patriot and a lover of liberty.
I think that one of the most important lessons I have learned as an economist is the relationship between liberty and human flourishing. Freedom is an essential feature of being fully human. The fact that freedom is also a necessary condition for the creation of wealth further seals the case that without freedom human flourishing is practically impossible. It is unwise to surrender one’s freedom in exchange for wealth.
I like Samuel Adams, the statesman. And I also like the beer.