Often we turn to the past to give us answers for the future. As all historians will testify to, there is so much important information in history that can help us establish a more positive future, and avoid making similar mistakes that have caused the destruction of states worldwide. Furthermore, history is full of great thinkers, academics and philosophers, whose ideas remain relevant today and can also help determine the best paths to take for society. In economics, we ride on a wave of great thinkers who have changed the ideological landscape over not only the last century, but hundreds of years before. For classical liberal economist Rick Kelo, bringing these ideas into contemporary contexts has been at the heart of his mission.
A common thread that runs through the writings and ideas of all the greats mentioned above, and furthermore in the works of individuals like Ludwig von Mises, is a stern warning against state control and the dangers of taking away our economic liberties- or as it is known in its 21st century carnation- socialism. By implementing socialist economic theories governments in recent times have encroached on our liberties, and we are seeing the very freedoms this great country was built on slowly become null and void.