"Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, prosperous, progressive and free."
Ronald Reagan
(1911-2004) 40th US President
September 29, 1981
Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund
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Excellent... The intrinsic 'oneness of Society and its individuals' is here stated in terms of its various value-quotients - very well by Ronald Regan.
 -- Vedapushpa, Bangalore     
    I don't believe for one moment that Regan wrote this even though he said it! Words are great but deeds win over words.
     -- Robken, Anytown     
    Robken, Reagan was a proliferate writer and well known for it. And the quote flies in the face of bail outs, stimulus and other falsely named strategies to destroy the nation. Individual. economic freedom is what created the USA as the most dynamic nation in history...socialism is the disease trying to kill it.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    This sounds exactly like something Reagan would say and it is so true.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Avoiding the ad hominems here, great observation.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- peter, Ibadan      
    Yes deeds do win over words. That is why Reagan was great. He said it and he meant it.
     -- warren, olathe     
    The United States was not founded as nor ever intended to be "socialist"....
    Capitalism, Free Enterprise and the freedom of every American to pursue their dream to own their own businesnd practice free trade...that is what has made Our Nation Great & Exceptional!  Individuals, small business owners like Edison, Ford, Walton, Gates...started with a dream, hard work, freedom and reward for personal hard work and growth...that's what has made America Great!
     -- OJ, Georgia     
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