Earlier this week, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin put on his professorial cap to talk to his audience about liberty, “liberty in the context of commerce.”
Mark reminded his listeners of the original intent of the commerce clause, that is: “to promote commerce and trade among and between the states and among the country and other countries.”
“Not to give the central government all kinds of power to control commerce, with tariffs and so forth,” Levin said. The point he made is that you cannot have wealth, you cannot have prosperity without liberty.
“In a free society you can vote, but in a really free society you can vote with your feet,” Levin explained. “The fundamental thing about commerce in a market is that you have the right to walk away from any proposed terms of trade in search of a better deal.”
Levin surveyed the great economists Adam Smith and Frederic Bastiat to make the point that a thriving economy creates wealth. The government cannot enact policies that destroy wealth, like imposing large taxes or tariffs, and then spend that money to create jobs.
“You’re destroying more jobs than creating! You’re taking dollars out of productive activities or potentially productive activities through a top-down system which is not productive!” Levin exclaimed.
If President-elect Trump wants to be successful, if he wants to create a thriving economy and make America great again, he should follow the examples of Adam Smith, of Frederic Bastiat, and of Ronald Reagan. As Levin explained, the key to wealth creation is smaller government, less intrusion, and more liberty!
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations: @ChrisCPandolfo