Moral argument for free-market health care

In 1946, Ayn Rand wrote a letter to Leonard Read concerning his proposal to establish the Foundation for Economic Education .1 In the letter she explained the importance of making the moral argument for free markets, rather than using arguments from economics and leaving the moral high ground to the big-government Statists. Here are some excerpts:

logo from the RIC Trading Company You imply that the cause of the world’s troubles lies solely in people’s ignorance of economics and that the way to cure the world is to teach it the proper economic knowledge. This is not true—therefore your program will not work. …

People are not embracing collectivism because they have accepted bad economics. They are accepting bad economics because they have embraced collectivism. …

The moral and social idea preached by everybody today (and by the conservatives louder than all) is the idea of collectivism. Men are told that man exists only to serve others…

Here is the dilemma … the public is told … that collectivism is a noble, desirable ideal, but collectivist economics are impractical. In order to have a practical economy, that of capitalism, we must resign ourselves to an immoral society, that of individualism. This amounts to saying: you have a choice, you can be moral or you can be practical, but you can’t be both. Given such a choice, men will always choose the moral, because it preposterous to expect them to choose that which, but the speaker’s own assertion, is evil. …

Dr. Paul Hsieh of Colorado-based Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine has received a few responses to his letter to the editor published in the New York Times. (Woo-hoo!) He has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about free-market health care , and answers them by taking a moral stand for free-market health care. Rand would be proud.

1 The Letters of Ayn Rand , p. 256



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2 responses to “Moral argument for free-market health care

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