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I, Pencil




For those of you who don’t follow it, the Facebook page of S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) is always chock full of interesting articles, observations and discussions.  In fact it’s one of our daily “must reads” on the internet.

This week Davis’ page features a video produced by the folks at the Competitive Enterprise Institute – a limited government think tank located in Washington, D.C.  We don’t know much about this group but we can say that their “I, Pencil” video is one of the cleaner, more creative expressions of capitalism we’ve ever seen.

A modern adaptation of libertarian economist Leonard Read’s famous 1958 essay, the video highlights the interdependency of human enterprise as seen in the production of a pencil.

Take a look …

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“What you’re seeing is the market at work, the spontaneous configuration of creative human energies,  of millions of people with their various skills and talents organizing voluntarily in response to human necessity and desire,” the video’s narrator states.  “Every second we are alive, we benefit from the products of voluntary, spontaneous cooperation.”

That’s true …

In fact this “voluntary, spontaneous cooperation” produces elevated levels of opportunity and prosperity for people of all income levels … which in turn reduces costly dependency.

Obviously you won’t see videos like this played in our failing government schools … or promoted by our left-leaning mainstream media.  Why not?  Because their objective is to demonize capitalism, perpetuate class warfare and promote a false dichotomy between “Republicans” and Democrats who in reality only differ by degrees.

That’s too bad … because this is a message America needs to see (and comprehend) now more than ever.