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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/1688/liberation-through-commerce/

Liberation Through Commerce

March 11, 2004 by

I started researching George Washington Carver, whose efforts were critical to southern economic development. But that soon led me to his connection to Booker T. Washington and the Tuskegee Institute he founded and led (they are buried alongside each other on the Tuskegee campus). In Washington’s equally inspirational life and his more extensive written work, I discovered a man with a far better understanding of the moral means to success—self-improvement that benefited others as well through voluntary arrangements—than statist proposals others pushed then, and even more push now. [MORE]

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Joe Potts March 11, 2004 at 9:54 am

B. Washington would obviously have made a good Austro-libertarian, perhaps in the mold of Thomas Sowell, but Sowell had the advantage of Washington’s wisdom (which I assume he availed himself of).
Unfortunately, one of Washington’s aphorisms is not well borne out (as amply documented by Sowell, among others):
“No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of the world is long in any degree ostracized.”
I’m afraid it’s all too common for commercially successful races (Jews many places, Chinese outside China, Indians in Africa, etc.) to be ostracized and condemned, often on the very point of their market successes.
Although it’s subject to some very conspicuous exceptions, I still certainly subscribe to the sentiment.

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