I’m still at the Liberty Camp in Slovenia, doing my best to teach young Europeans about the importance of individual liberty, free markets, and small government. (also doing a bit of sightseeing, as you can see from the pictures below)
This morning, one of the other presenters showed a short video taken from the first-rate “Commanding Heights” program. It told the brief story of how one man, Ludwig Erhard, single-handedly put Germany on the road to post-war recovery by doing away with price controls.
This video is a lesson in character – and an example of doing what’s right.
Erhard did not have authority to change the price controls, but, with a certain degree of cleverness that would make Bill Clinton proud, he decided that this didn’t preclude him from simply abolishing them.
In doing this, he showed personal courage. He did something bold. And he went against so-called expert opinion.
And he helped millions of people enjoy a better life by reducing the burden of government.
People who will go against the grain to promote freedom.
People who will take risks to advance liberty.
People who will do the right thing, even if it doesn’t advance their career.
Not that I’m asking for selfless gestures. As Erhard’s episode demonstrates, sometimes doing the right thing at least means people say nice things about you.