The things we have taken for granted in our material circumstances and the increase of ease in our lives—so many of the things we notice only in their absence—are the result of a free economy. So rich are its gifts, so abundant its bounty, so profuse its variety, that we have come to think of prosperity as a given. And that is a good way to think of it—as a given. Like the cornucopia, the horn of plenty that is an icon of inexhaustible abundance that seemingly springs from nowhere, prosperity is a given, coming into being in the presence of free people in a free economy.
Liberty’s gifts are many. This book has focused especially on Prosperity because she appears to be slipping away from us. But Prosperity is only one of Liberty’s daughters. Peace is another. And third among her daughters is Opportunity. What a plague mankind suffers in the absence of Liberty’s gifts. What a cruel smothering of the human spirit to know only lack and insufficiency instead of the abundance of Prosperity; to live in a time of constant strife and war, a time without the blessings of Peace; and to experience a lifetime of frustrating limitation and futility, a world without Opportunity.
A renewed appreciation of Liberty will mean the growth of prosperity, peace, and opportunity. Her blessings await all who wish them.
– From Red and Blue and Broke All Over, by Charles Goyette