American people have lost their understanding of what a free-market society was, could be, and should be


“”Today, all levels of government — federal, state, and local — tax or borrow, and then spend, about 40 percent of the Gross Domestic Product in the United States. And if one adds the financial cost imposed on the citizenry in the form of economic and social regulations to which businesses and enterprises must conform, the total burden of government is significantly higher.”
“Government has also influenced the American people in another way: they have lost their understanding of what a free-market society was, could be, and should be. The growth in the interventionist and redistributive state over the last 100 years has resulted in several generations who have come to think that political paternalism is as normal and American as apple pie.”

Austrian Economics & Public Policy–Restoring Freedom and Prosperity, p. 171, Richard Ebeling