Friday, March 07, 2008

Random Friday Reads

The New York Times's David Pogue on the Overblown Dangers Of the Internet and Children.

Reason's Kerry Howley on Overreaching Medical Journals denouncing poaching of medical professionals.

And former Democratic Presidential Candidate George McGovern in the Wall Street Journal, defending the much maligned sub prime mortgage market. McGovern's piece lends optimism to the notion that maybe there is so hope liberals can move in a libertarian direction.

Since leaving office I've written about public policy from a new perspective: outside looking in. I've come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society.

Why do we think we are helping adult consumers by taking away their options? We don't take away cars because we don't like some people speeding. We allow state lotteries despite knowing some people are betting their grocery money. Everyone is exposed to economic risks of some kind. But we don't operate mindlessly in trying to smooth out every theoretical wrinkle in life.

The nature of freedom of choice is that some people will misuse their responsibility and hurt themselves in the process. We should do our best to educate them, but without diminishing choice for everyone else.


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