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New York Times: Is Too Much Choice Ruining Us?

March 15, 2021 I By STEVEN D. ANDERSON

This letter to the editor is in response to Paul Krugman’s article in the New York Times and was originally published on March 16, 2021. 

What Paul Krugman leaves unsaid is who actually gets to choose given our “limited ability to process information.” Answer: the well-educated, well-positioned elites like Mr. Krugman himself.

This conceit has been the essential component of collectivist movements from the beginning. We’re incapable of knowing what’s best for us, so our intellectual betters should decide.

I’ll cast my lot instead with those who have to live with the consequences of their decisions, not the so-called experts who are insulated when making the wrong call. Freedom to choose means more freedom, not less, regardless of what people with the right degrees and awards might tell you.

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