Renew Americaby Tim Dunkin
Economically, the Western world seems to be returning to its authoritarian roots as well. Having reached the high point of economic (and correspondingly, personal) freedom, our civilization is returning to the controls on the market and production that political and social decentralization had made more or less impossible. Communism and fascism â€” twin monsters that sought to establish state control over the economic and personal lives of their subjects â€” are really nothing new. After all, one need only look to the late Roman Empire â€” with its record of price controls, wage controls, production controls, prohibitions on the movements of individuals from one province to another, and laws that required Imperial subjects to remain in the trade or profession of their forefathers â€” to see a command system in action.
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