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We're the Economy They Want to Manage

JANUARY 26, 2012 by SHELDON RICHMAN

In his State of the Union speech President Obama said:

Tonight, I want to . . . lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last. . . .

Considering that an economy (a free one, that is) is just people engaging in exchanges for mutual benefit, it defies blueprinting, which sounds ominously like central planning. The last thing an economy needs is an architect, especially one with the legal power to use aggressive force.

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SHELDON RICHMAN

Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and TheFreemanOnline.org, and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families.

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