The rescue from madness

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Joakim BookSpecial to Valley NewsIn his memoirs, written in the 1940s but not published until after his death, the great economist Ludwig von Mises said, “I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline.”Most people contemplating the political and economic climate of 2020 can probably relate.Many people, frustrated at the loss of liberty and overreach by governments in the single-minded battle to eradicate a virus they don’t understand, have reached for George Orwell or Aldous Huxley. In their novels, “1984” and “Brave New World,” they explored incredibly dystopian worlds. Real-world events that resemble anything in those books invite the fear that we’re destined for the same tyrannical lives.While literature captures something deepl
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