Print Column: Be Thankful That Americans Choose to Do So Much of What They Don’t Have To


MINOT, N.D. — One of the wonders of our free society is that nobody is required to do much of anything.

Sure, there are certain imperatives. We all need food and shelter, and getting those basics requires effort. Yet our society enjoys a level of convenience and wealth which would be almost unimaginable to our ancestors.

It happens, amazingly, in the absence of central planning.

Most of us have, in our pockets, a gizmo of the ilk once concocted the science fiction writers to wow their audiences. That gizmo now a ubiquitous part of our culture.

At our fingertips, almost everywhere we go, is access to nearly the entirety of human knowledge. Not to mention the ability to video call someone on the other side of the globe or post text or pictures or video, which could reach a potential audience of millions, all using services that are mostly free for the public to access.

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