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In a photo made May 7, 2012, trader John Vaccarine, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) In a photo made May 7, 2012, trader John Vaccarine, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  

Priest’s new book makes moral case for free-market economy

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Why do you oppose universal health care?

I am in favor of universal health care in the same way that I favor “universal shoes” – I just fear that the political process is least capable of achieving either. It is not a good state of affairs when medical providers come to see the government or the insurance companies, rather than the patient, as their primary client. A socialized health care system also undermines technological innovation, just as a government takeover of any realm of the economy suffocates innovation — by severing the free relationship among buyers and sellers, crushing incentives for excellence, and bogging down potential innovators and providers in a thicket of regulation.

Why is equality overrated?

A moment’s reflection reveals that total equality, which is, sameness, is impossible and undesirable to achieve. Whenever it is sought after, the result is oppressive. Instead of a culture of wealth-taking, in which the government gives and takes as it sees fit, we need a culture of wealth-making, where the entrepreneurial spirit is rewarded and socially-minded business can thrive and prosper.

What three books most influenced your worldview?

Other than the Bible: ”Treatise on Law” by St. Thomas Aquinas, ”The Fatal Conceit” by Fredrick von Hayek and ”Richard III” by William Shakespeare.

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