“Freedom Cannot Be Denied”

Anthony B. Kim /

In his much-hyped speech on the Middle East and North Africa, President Obama made the case that “a moment of opportunity” in the region should not be lost.

“Sometimes, in the course of history,” the President remarked, “the actions of ordinary citizens spark movements for change because they speak to a longing for freedom that has built up for years.”

If the cause of freedom is sweeping around the world—and all Americans can hope that it is—then history tells us that more often than not it has been the quest for the fundamental freedoms of property rights, trade, and entrepreneurship that has driven revolutionary change and served as the foundation of true democracy. (more…)