Here is a great letter to the editor by Don Boudreaux.


19 August 2009

Editor, Washington Post
1150 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 20071

Dear Editor:

Using gentle humor, Kathleen Parker explains why those “Progressives'” now boycotting Whole Foods should be more tolerant of WF’s CEO John Mackey’s contribution to the current conversation on government’s role in supplying health care (“Whole-Grain Health Reform,” August 19).

Indeed so.  These allegedly enlightened Americans should take the advice of a truly enlightened thinker who lived two centuries ago and kept one of the most famous salons of her day, Madame de Stael.  This liberal lady insisted that a conversation without interruption is dead – that interruption is the life of conversation.*

Those who wish to punish persons who express dissenting opinions are uninterested in learning.  Their minds are closed, making them and those who represent them an especially dangerous bunch to trust with the task of reforming America’s health-care markets.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Chairman, Department of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

* See Will and Ariel Durant, The Age of Napoleon (1975), page 649.


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