The Tyranny of the Proper: Should government regulate our lives

First Published: 2007-03-28

On March 22, 2007 The Nassau Institute commenced a monthly Discussion Group Series at their newly commissioned offices in The Bay Street Business Centre.

The monthly series began with a discussion on "The Tyranny of the Proper," that centred on the question of whether the government should regulate our lives?

These discussion groups will take place in The Milton Friedman Room and are a long held vision for the directors of the Nassau Institute.

The inspiration for these meetings comes from similar "talks" held at various free market/libertarian think tanks like the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) for example.

Ralph Massey, Vice President and economist for the Nassau Institute was the moderator for the session and he presented the following paper as the introduction to the discussion.

The Moral Code, Adam Smith and Uncle Milton's Logic: An Introduction to "The Tyranny of the Proper"

Ralph J Massey
Discussion Group Series
Nassau Institute
Thursday, March 22, 2007

“The subject tonight is Government Power and its use. I would like to make some comments with the hope that they may provide a useful perspective.”

To download the complete introduction titled The Moral Code (PDF) click here…


Ralph Massey, Vice President of The Nassau Institute

Background for the discussion was based on the following two articles:

The Tyranny of The Proper by Jon Sanders. Originally published in The Freeman in December 1998. And

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by George Reisman, originally published on his blog December 8, 2006.

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