Friday, March 11, 2005
Sovereignty? I'll take economic liberty, please.
Nationalists aften couch their rhetoric with a healthy smattering of protestations about the pre-eminence of sovereignty. They hold tight to the the sacred notion that soverienty delivers liberty. But in truth, it is the opposite causal relationship. Our economic liberty enables true soverignty. When we have uninhibited economic vitality, our states serve citizen's best interests. When the state assumes directive control of individual rights to exercise consumer and productive interests we lose true sovereinty. In Canada, we have a state that has assumed this mantle without true regard for the real interests of its constituents. Are Canadian's economic interests, their economic liberty, served by marketing boards, restrictive cultural and trade policies, and a culture of government that stifles economic growth?