At a time when the news is full of signs the government is growing and politicians are talking about expanding the federal bailout to $1.4 TRILLION, it could be easy to get pessimistic about the state of freedom in America. But a great article by Veronique de Rugy appeared in Reason today, which affirms a few key libertarian ideas and gives cause for optimism.

For example, America is still much wealthier than it was:

According to the Census Bureau, income per capita adjusted for inflation has doubled in the four decades since 1968, from $13,374 to $26,804.