Let’s Make America Free Again (MAFA)

“Sientese, by far the favorite,” I said to someone’s old grandmother, who was standing on the edge of an impromptu pizza party after the fireworks.

She looked longingly at the four feet of open bench next to me, but hesitated, perhaps wondering why the old, bald, big gringo had asked her to sit next to him. Her reluctance was unlikely to be due to Fauci, since not a single person in a hundred at the festivities and no one in her group wore a mask of obedience.

So after a short pause, I added “es un pais libre, todavia, mas o menos” – the best Spanish I can, for “it’s still a free country, sort of.” She then looked at me like I was a certified loco en la cabeza as she pulled away, ostensibly for another slice of pizza.

For a moment I felt like a boiled frog, but my wife came back unexpectedly quickly with blueberry ice cream, one of the millions of entertainment that apparently makes modern life worth living.

Only the next morning I read a story about American companies and even Federal Board of Retirement Savings invest in China despite poor performance human rights as well as Covid lockdownwhat dawned on me:

Immigrants continue to flock to America for pizza, blueberry ice cream, and other economic benefits, not freedom or lack thereof.

The Babel chatter I heard during the fireworks was not about immigrants celebrating the birthday of their new country, but about a free show. The Arabic, Spanish, and Eastern European languages ​​I heard around me weren’t unusually loud or plentiful, just that there were fewer English-speaking Americans around. The crowd at the beach fireworks was much smaller than usual.

Why did so few Americans turn out for Independence Day fireworks on the night that perfect weather was predicted and delivered?

Inflation seems to be taking its toll on some resort towns, and there are rumors that worse this year than last year, despite the much tighter grip of COVID-cracy a year ago. Beachgoers still come, but they bring their own food instead of buying it from the always expensive waterfront shops. There are plenty of day trippers. Hotels are crowded, but not overcrowded as they were before COVID. Cheaper overnight alternatives like land-based camping are blooming like spring wildflowers.

Then there’s “progressive” anxiety about SCOTUS’ recent decisions, however lukewarm they may have been. No need to organizeB***Fourth“A march to decide to sit it out this Independence Day, especially with all these unmasked (and oh! possibly unvaccinated) people around.

There also seems to be some MAGA hesitancy, a sense that America is fast becoming too Marxist to celebrate. BUT book with this thesis Sales over a million copies since its publication last summer.

Instead of making America great (or green) again, maybe Americans should aim for MAFA, make america free again. MAFA is a laudable goal in itself, but it can also make America great (and green) again. America has become great, in the sense of big and in the sense of super, primarily due to its freedom, especially its economic freedomnot because of him human rights violations.

politics The path to MAFA is free, deregulate everything from Amtrak to money-credit policywhile simultaneously activating the Third Sector (non-profit organizations) and forming the Ministry of Truth to oversee all statements and only statements made by governments, government officials and politicians. Return to the rule of law by punishing civil servants who try to silence political opponents will help too!

political The path to MAFA, however, is fraught. Too many Americans, left and right, mostly from lower public schools, believe that “freedom” means their freedom to tell other people how to behave, down to the most intimate details of what they put in or take out of their own lives. body.

More embarrassingly, both major political parties have become so statist that critics left as well as Right talk about “one-party” as an established fact. While political competition in America persists in some fields, vested interests in healthcare, higher education, military defenseas well as scientific technology created self-perpetuating and self-aggrandizing “complexes” or “rackets” that seem impenetrable to rational political discourse.

Indeed, the people who best understood the policy response to COVID followed the money, not the “science.” That Fauci and company received numerous non-trivial royalties (also known as kickbacks) from pharmaceutical developers reveals only part of a giant ranch full of venal cash cows. Stakeholders are so powerful that they can even convince Americans that they have the right to force experimental non-vaccine vaccines into their bodies and that plant foods such as nitrogen and carbon dioxide are so harmful to the environment that everyone will die, unless serious disruption will occur. economic changes are happening right now.

One hope for MAFA is that Americans will realize that Martin Luther King Jr. was right when he wrote from Birmingham Gaol in 1963 that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and that untruth is the root of all injustice. And untruth and injustice eventually collapse from its own weight, but as a result, the crash can occur unexpectedly, crushing innocent bystanders. It will be best if America cuts down its rotting Liberty Tree on its own terms so that the new MAFA tree can quickly grow under full, cleansing sunlight.

Robert E. Wright

Robert E. Wright

Robert E. Wright is a senior fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is (co)author or (co)editor of over two dozen major books, book series and edited collections, including AIER. The Best of Thomas Paine (2021) and Financial exception (2019). He also (co-authored) numerous articles for important journals, including American Economic Review, Business history overview, Independent Review, Private Enterprise Journal, Finance Reviewas well as Southern Economic Review. Robert has taught courses in business, economics, and politics at Augustana University, New York University’s Stern School of Business, Temple University, the University of Virginia, and elsewhere since receiving his Ph.D. in history from SUNY Buffalo in 1997.

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