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“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”     Abraham Lincoln,    First Inaugural Address, 4 March, 1861

October 20, 2007

I, Pencil

by Doug Mataconis

Milton Friedman with one of the best explanations of the benefits of free markets and free trade ever:

H/T: Cafe Hayek

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  1. But what about the job of the man who actually spends a week crafting a crappy $200 pencil?

    Comment by somebody — October 20, 2007 @ 12:50 pm
  2. Actually, that was Leonard Read’s explanation. He was the one who wrote “I, Pencil”.

    Comment by UCrawford — October 21, 2007 @ 10:07 am
  3. Thanks for the added information Crawford; good to know. Here’s a link to the full text.

    Whether he was the original author of this homily or not, I always love hearing Uncle Milty talk. I fondly remember watching his Free to Choose series.

    Comment by Akston — October 23, 2007 @ 12:39 am

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