I was just reading an article from the Mises Institute called “A Message Of Hope From the Dismal Science” .
I am sharing a small section from the article which is 4 ideas the author proposes to make real change in the world.
He’s politically right-leaning, which you’ll see a reference to. In the American system of politics, I’m pretty much not even in the political spectrum.
Here are some changes I can believe in:
- The first change is to temper the rhetoric.
Calling President Obama a socialist or a Nazi short-circuits the discussion and puts our friends on the Left on the defensive. It obscures the substance of the analysis. It’s also intellectually lazy, and it’s something I don’t tolerate from my students.
- Understand the data and be careful about your comparisons.
Consider some American commentators’ infatuation with European welfare states. In the case of international discrepancies in infant mortality, for example, European countries measure infant mortality in a way that biases the numbers downward and the US measures infant mortality in a way that biases the numbers upward. It is also important to note that European welfare states are financed by high debt, high taxes, and high inflation. In the words of one expert on French economic history, the French are able to enjoy a massive welfare state because they have spent the next two generations’ incomes.
- Write with a clear, cogent, and temperate voice.
Perhaps you’ve seen a bumper sticker that says, “Stop Whining and Start a Revolution” — or something less polite. It’s hard to do, and I’ve wondered from time to time, “What can I do? I’m just one guy.” Start with letters to editors of different newspapers that you can publish on a blog. Don Boudreaux, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education, is a prolific writer of letters to the editor, and he has been my inspiration for a lot of letters and columns I have written.
- Look for private rather than political solutions.
Political processes reward people who are good at politics. Political process rewards people who are good at conveying sincerity rather than achieving results. Assess your charitable giving and the institutions and organizations you support. In particular, look for things that voluntarism does better than government, and support that. Education is the best example I can think of. Government education monopolies are crimes against humanity. Not only do they absorb massive resources and turn out mediocre products, they rely on and exploit the credulity of the citizenry in order to protect their ability to do so. The resources available at Mises.org, for example, are breathtaking, and organizations like the Foundation for Economic Education, the Mises Institute, the Cato Institute, the Independent Institute, and a host of others are producing excellent educational resources every day.
You can read the full article here