He would be 102 today. In 1981 he made a speech to members of the International Monetary Fund in which he outlined his philosophy:

We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and, ultimately, human fulfillment are created from the bottom up, not the government down.  Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success – only then can societies remain alive, dynamic, prosperous, progressive and free.

Trust the people.  This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire post-war period, contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.  The societies that have achieved the most spectacular, broad-based progress are neither the most tightly controlled, nor the biggest in size, nor the wealthiest in natural resources.  No, what unites them all is their willingness to believe in the magic of the marketplace.

The fact that no one was listening or taking what he said to heart is irrelevant. Truth is truth.

Here are some more Reaganisms for your enjoyment:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from  extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be  fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.

Government’s view of the could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Oh how we miss you.

 

 

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