Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy
Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.
What belongs to you, you tend to take care of;
what belongs to no one or everyone tends to fall into disrepair.
Sound policy requires that we consider long-run effects and all people, not simply short-run effects and a few people.
If you encourage something, you get more of it; if you discourage something, you get less of it.
Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.
Government has nothing to give
anybody except what it first takes from somebody, and a government
that’s big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take
away everything you’ve got.
Liberty makes all the difference in the world.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy gave these away on little organge cards with white lettering and I found that I have a bunch of them. This list is not merely a dogma or an ideological stand, although to some libertarians and Libertarians it is. These ideas constitute a basis of behavior and discussion and can be used to construct a sort of sociological safe zone. In short, the principles are descriptive, not proscriptive. Within these notions lies reasonable expectation of cause and effect. As it is back in 2001 Lawrence Reed gave a speech to/at the Detroit Economic Club elaborating on these “Eternal truths”.