Magazine May 20, 2019, Issue

Will the Right Defend Economic Liberty?

Friedrich Hayek; Milton Friedman (Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images)
Capitalism is more than a ‘tool’

Republican leaders will have to acknowledge that market capitalism is not a religion. Market capitalism is a tool, like a staple gun or a toaster. You’d have to be a fool to worship it. Our system was created by human beings for the benefit of human beings. We do not exist to serve markets. Just the opposite. Any economic system that weakens and destroys families is not worth having. A system like that is the enemy of a healthy society.

— Tucker Carlson, Fox News, January 2

In the immortal words of Buffalo Springfield, “There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t

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This article appears as “Freedom Is Not a Tool” in the May 20, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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