In a previous issue I wrote that business will come booming back because of the pent-up need for people to transact commerce, as both buyers and sellers.
And I understand that due to the extended lockdown government subsidies have to play a big role in saving people from privation.
But there is also an idea that government will squash all business in favor of a global planned economy where all needs will be provided for, along with the abolition of private property.
There’s also a lot of wags out there pointing out how badly socialism has failed over a hundred year series of running experiments.
But what I haven’t seen is the idea that business is a fundamental human right.
Business is how human beings act out the millennia-old drama of survival, combined with intelligence, creativity and social skills.
There is no human activity that has ever come close to equaling the symphony of attributes brought to bear as does the conduct of business between human beings. It is total expression.
And as such it is as necessary and should be as equally protected as the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
I don’t think the seller of sidewalk tamales is a holy woman. But I know she is doing what she can with the skills and resources she has to provide for her family, to pay for shelter, clothing, food and the other necessities of life for herself and her family. It is a total effort on her part. She may not be glamorous or famous, she may not know how to read or speak the local language. But she has a right to expend her life in order to live.