George McGovern

George McGovern fut le candidat démocrate de l'élection présidentielle de 1972. De l'avis de plusieurs, il fut l'un des candidats présidentiels le plus à gauche de l'histoire des États-Unis. Mais 36 ans plus tard, McGovern a développé une vision tout autre de l’économie

"Since leaving office I’ve written about public policy from a new perspective: outside looking in. I’ve come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society.

Why do we think we are helping adult consumers by taking away their options? We don’t take away cars because we don’t like some people speeding. We allow state lotteries despite knowing some people are betting their grocery money. Everyone is exposed to economic risks of some kind. But we don’t operate mindlessly in trying to smooth out every theoretical wrinkle in life.

The nature of freedom of choice is that some people will misuse their responsibility and hurt themselves in the process. We should do our best to educate them, but without diminishing choice for everyone else."