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Steve Forbes
1947 -

CEO of Forbes Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, twice candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the U.S., past chairman of Empower America, trustee of Princeton University, vigorous spokesperson for a flat tax system, tax cuts, parental control of education, and free-market capitalism,


Americans have always defined true freedom as an environment in which one may resist evil and do what is right, noble and good - and do it without fear of reprisal. It is the presence of justice, tempered with mercy. It is where the rule of law is based on fundamental and non-negotiable moral truths, simple and easy to understand, fairly and effectively administered. It offers individuals and families equal opportunity to better their lives, morally, spiritually, intellectually, and economically.

Oct. 21, 1997 - from "The Moral Basis of a Free Society", an address to the Heritage Foundation
Freedom is not anarchy. It is not chaos. It is not mayhem, It is not what the great classical liberal economist Ludwig von Mises condemned as the freedom to "let soulless forces operate." That is tyranny in another guise.

Oct. 21, 1997 - from "The Moral Basis of a Free Society", an address to the Heritage Foundation
A free society depends upon much more than free elections and free markets. A self-governing society must be made up of self-governing individuals—individuals with a moral sense, a moral compass, a set of fixed principles that guide and direct them, regardless of the fashionable whims and predilections of the day.

Oct. 21, 1997 - from "The Moral Basis of a Free Society", an address to the Heritage Foundation
As the 20th century draws to an end, the world is certainly learning from America that the economic and political freedoms that come from capitalism and democracy are the most powerful and productive ways to organize society. At the same time, however, we ... are learning that if you want a healthy, vibrant society, capitalism and democracy alone are not enough... capitalism and democracy are necessary but insufficient elements of a successful, virtuous and vibrant society.

Oct. 21, 1997 - from "The Moral Basis of a Free Society", an address to the Heritage Foundation
Growth is like creativity, it doesn't go along very neat, precise plans. You get clogged highways before you figure out a way to open up capacity. You get pollution before you figure out a way to fight it. With automobiles you get accidents, you get carnage. With anything new you have benefits and costs. But that doesn't mean you should say, `Gee, it's bad.' It's much better to have those problems than the problems of stagnation, where nothing happens.

May. 01, 1991 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
The average U.S. family today pays more in federal, state and local taxes than for food, clothing, transportation and housing - combined. No wonder two incomes in a family still cannot do the job one income could in previous generations. This is unacceptable in a free society, both morally and fiscally.

Jul. 15, 1997 - from an essay in the Wall Street Journal