Fiscal responsibility and firearms

Dave Killion — December 19, 2011

Dan Mitchell is a fiscal-policy wonk whose work I know through the Cato Institute, and it is difficult for me to think of anything I have read or heard from him that wasn’t focused on taxes, budgets, or the like. So when someone like Mitchell starts talking about why owning the right to own firearms is increasingly important, you better believe it’s time to start paying attention –

“About a year ago, I spoke at a conference in Europe that attracted a lot of very rich people from all over the continent, as well as a lot of people who manage money for high-net-worth individuals.

What made this conference remarkable was not the presentations, though they were generally quite interesting. The stunning part of the conference was learning – as part of casual conversation during breaks, meals, and other socializing time – how many rich people are planning for the eventual collapse of European society.”

Libertarians endorse firearms ownership as personal protection and as a means to resist government oppression, but I hadn’t thought of the need for personal protection in the event of social collapse caused by government economic policy.

If you don’t care to read the article, you might instead enjoy this interview of Mitchell in which he discusses it –

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