This Thanksgiving I will give thanks for all the wonderful blessings of the free market


Of all the things we have in common, one of the most ubiquitous is the search for happiness. Of all the things that divide us, there is one goal we all have, and that is happiness.

As soon as we try to define it, we run into trouble.

However you define the happiness you seek in life, I can almost guarantee that the free market has made it easier for you to obtain and enjoy happiness.

It is clear that almost everything you can buy has become better and cheaper in recent decades. Fantastic inventions that people couldn’t even imagine a hundred years ago are so commonplace that we take them for granted.

Do not you believe me? Let me cite some examples.

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The miracle of fracking has made energy much cheaper. This incredible process has enabled humanity to extract far more gasoline from the Earth than we once believed existed. In fact, all those predictions that we would run out of oil in this century were wiped out by this one incredible operation.

The miracle of modern fertilizers enabled mankind to grow more produce per square inch than anyone could have imagined before their invention. In fact, humanity bumped into the limitations of its farm space before that miraculous invention changed everything.

The incredible invention of antibacterial soap absolutely revolutionized medical efficacy. Soap has made our lives safer, good health cheaper and medical care amazingly better. Why don’t we thank God for soap every day? Because we take this wonderfully mundane progress for granted. And what about the man who tried to tell everyone about this miracle? Society shunned him and he died penniless in an insane asylum. But that is an other story.

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Even if you consider that things are more expensive than last year or the past two years, the free market has made them available to us when in years past only rich people could afford them.

I am not the first to note that many of the comforts and advancements common to many of us in the modern world were not available to anyone, however wealthy, just a few hundred years ago. Think of your iPhone, think of your television, think of your car, think of international and domestic plane flights. None of those things were even remotely available to the wealthiest king or priest hundreds of years ago.

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And even considering all that, there’s a huge caveat.

When it comes down to it, the wonders of the free market are limited. The things that bring us the most happiness have almost nothing to do with any market. It’s our families, our communities, our faith and all those intangible things you can’t buy.

Be especially grateful to them. But thank you also for the free market.

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