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Every American who can plant a “Liberty Garden” this year should do so. Similar to the “Victory” gardens planted during World War II, Liberty Gardens increase the production of healthy food in uncertain times, making individuals less dependent on markets that governments can deliberately or distort due to common sense.

The last few years can be crazy and bad, much worse. Probably everything will return to normal and your thumb will prove to be more brown than green, but all that is wasted is a little time and money. In another situation, even a moderate garden fruit, perhaps combined with wild game meat, will help you and your next winter survive.

If prices continue to rise, and my call for personal COLA is ignored, a growing number of Americans will find it difficult to choose between buying food, gasoline, or heating oil. Very few people can make their own fuel, but many can grow some delicious, nutritious fruits and vegetables in their own backyards and window boxes.

Given that this is a major election year, another risk is price control. In the early 1970s, the Republican Nixon administration tried to tackle inflation with a price cap, which presumably led to a massive deficit of “everything except money.” If Republicans were skilled enough to set the price half a century ago, you best believe that Democrats wouldn’t hesitate to do so today if they thought it could get their single net vote. You may have to wait in line at the pump, but at least, with a little effort and patience, you can cut a carrot from your own garden waiting to return home (whose temperature you may be able to keep at 50 degrees) thanks to 90 price control-induced deficits in winter and summer. ).

Other principles may also impede the free flow of food where it is relatively abundant where it is relatively scarce. Someone might sneeze at Kalamaju, setting off waves of lockdown. Or some environmentalists in power may conclude that the cost of permitting food shipments may be greater than their advantage and may force our populism, even if it means that some people have to suffer for the benefit of all. In 2019, these national policies were ridiculed as justifiably offensive, but today it seems offensive not to mention that they are well positioned in the Overton window.

Let us not forget that the 20th century witnessed numerous policy famines, one of which was Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-33 and the other was misleadingly known as the Great Leap Forward in China in 1958-60. Millions died before and millions after. Large numbers of Ethiopians and Cambodians have also fallen victim to hunger and disease at the hands of their own governments, and China is once again starving millions to achieve unattainable policy goals.

As I have explained elsewhere, some government policies have proven to be far more deadly than accidents or natural disasters. But unlike Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” of 600 poor SAPs (set in Crimea) with no choice but to “do and die”, Americans still have some room to adapt to policy uncertainty and clearly , Policy stupidity.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend specific gardens suitable for readers because the situation varies greatly on latitude, climate, soil quality, land availability, dietary desire and gardening skills. Many blogs, books, and online videos can help people judge which is best to plant, keeping in mind that most Americans will be able to trade mature products with their neighbors with local knowledge, regardless of world conditions. The same sources can also provide tips on how to best store food without the constant flow of electrons in the freezer and fridge.

Yes, this is the 21st century, but governments are still able to do great harm to their citizens, knowingly or unknowingly, through war, and other catastrophic policies, such as war and inflation, price controls and the “Green New Deal”. Maybe America has hit the rock bottom and the current travels will persuade the limited government to return. Until then, though, I recommend that you remove the stones from your own garden and plant yourself some freedom this spring, summer and autumn.

Robert E. Right

Robert E.  Right

Robert E. Wright is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.

He is the author (or co-editor) of more than two dozen major books, book series and edited collections, including AIER. Best of Thomas Payne (2021) and Financial exclusion (2019). He has also written numerous articles for (including) important journals, including American Economic Review, Business History Review, Independent review, Journal of Private Enterprise, Money reviewAnd Southern Economic Review.

Since taking his PhD, Robert has taught business, economics and policy courses at Augustana University, NYU’s Stern School of Business, Temple University, University of Virginia and elsewhere. History from SUNY Buffalo in 1997.

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