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Quotation of the day on optimism about America and the free market…. – Publications – AEI

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AEI Quotation of the day on optimism about America and the free market…. ….. is from Kyle Peterson, deputy editorial features editor for The Wall Street Journal: If you want to feel optimistic about America, spend some time wandering the average grocery store. Pick up an item that seems basic, like a humble can of chicken-noodle soup, and think about everything that goes into it: Tin and iron have to be dug out of the ground; carrots and onions and wheat must be grown; chickens need to be raised, and eggs coaxed out of them. That little can packs a tremendous amount of history and human ingenuity, yet it’s yours for a couple bucks. And steps away are thousands of other wonders: pineapples and pepperjack cheese, cinnamon sticks and salami. There’s no way you could plan it all, but free

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Quotation of the day on optimism about America and the free market….

Quotation of the day on optimism about America and the free market…. - Publications – AEI

….. is from Kyle Peterson, deputy editorial features editor for The Wall Street Journal:

If you want to feel optimistic about America, spend some time wandering the average grocery store. Pick up an item that seems basic, like a humble can of chicken-noodle soup, and think about everything that goes into it: Tin and iron have to be dug out of the ground; carrots and onions and wheat must be grown; chickens need to be raised, and eggs coaxed out of them. That little can packs a tremendous amount of history and human ingenuity, yet it’s yours for a couple bucks. And steps away are thousands of other wonders: pineapples and pepperjack cheese, cinnamon sticks and salami. There’s no way you could plan it all, but free markets make it happen.

MP: While I write this, I’m eating delicious, ripe red grapes that were imported from Chile, giving me the opportunity to enjoy fresh fruit grown 6,000 miles away during a long period when domestic grapes aren’t available. And for that I feel fortunate and am very grateful for the “miracle of the marketplace” that makes that happen — fresh fruit from 6,000 miles away ending up at my local supermarket. If there’s one thing missing today in America, I think it’s gratitude and gratefulness – very few people show their appreciation for America, its rich history, the country’s economic dynamism, the opportunities here for the average person that aren’t available anywhere else on the planet, and the miracle of the marketplace that does exist elsewhere but is more miraculous in America than anywhere else. As much as everybody complains about America and its past, just by being alive in 21st century America you’ve “won first prize in the lottery of life.” We should all be thankful for that.

Or as AEI president Arthur Brooks wrote in the Wall Street Journal in 2008 “If you’re not grateful to live in America, you’re not paying attention.” Next time you at the local grocery surrounded by a cornucopia of thousands of products from all over the world, including grapes from Chile, bananas from Colombia, pineapples from Brazil, and avocados from Mexico, try to pay a little closer attention and be a little more grateful for the “miracle and magic of the marketplace” in America and the invisible hands of strangers around the world that conspired on your behalf to enrich your life!

Quotation of the day on optimism about America and the free market….
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Mark Perry
Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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