Of meat and myth

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February 10, 2013
Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W. Reed  
Posted in Commentary

"One hundred years ago, a great and enduring myth was born. Muckraking novelist Upton Sinclair wrote a novel entitled The Jungle -- a tale of greed and abuse that still reverberates as a case against a free economy. Sinclair’s 'jungle' was unregulated enterprise; his example was the meat-packing industry; his purpose was government regulation. The culmination of his work was the passage in 1906 of the Meat Inspection Act, enshrined in history, or at least in history books, as a sacred cow (excuse the pun) of the interventionist state." (02/08/13)


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