"The characteristic mark of economic history under capitalism is unceasing economic progress, a steady increase in the quantity of capital goods available, and a continuous trend toward an improvement in the general standard of living."
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)
When has freedom not produced free people?
When has individual liberty not produced free people?
When has rugged individualism not produced free people?
When and where has such freedom been allowed to begin and thrive?
When has the economic progress, of which Dr. von Mises speaks, not been unceasing?
When has the quantity of capital goods, of which Dr. von Mises speaks, not increased?
When has there not been a trend, of which Dr. von Mises speaks, toward an improvement in the general standard of living?
When has there been a document established and intended to defend Creator-endowed, self-evident, inseparable (the word used in this document is unalienable) rights? This document can only survive in the presence of two things:
1. A virtuous people, as described by James Madison
2. A free-market, unfettered, capital-improving economic system
So, in answering the questions above, would not one think the answers to be so obvious as they really are?
Can you not answer the first four without thinking? The next three, of which Dr. von Mises speaks, are all answered like this: When dictators and tyranny, hard and soft, hijack market forces to weigh their societies down with self-aggrandizing burdens, as they remove individualism and free thinking from their controlled populace.
You and I might think this to be obvious and demonstrated by history.
Remember, those who would impose their control, those state-worshippers who would control, tyrannically if necessary, do NOT think so.