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The AP on the JFK Inaugural
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The Associated Press marks the 50th anniversary of JFK's inaugural address with an "analysis" about how much things have changed since then, declaring, "Were it uttered by a modern politician, Kennedy's famous 'ask not' call to service might well be derided as a socialist pitch for more government."

Truth is, it was derided at the time as such; as Mark Perry recently noted, Milton Friedman's 1962 Capitalism and Freedom complained that "'what you can do for your country' implies the government is the master or the deity, the citizen, the servant or the votary." At least Friedman, though, agreed with the "ask not what your country can do for you" part, praising the message of individual responsibility, which the Associated Press, alas, seems to have edited out of the Kennedy legacy.

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The AP on the JFK Inaugural
futureofcapitalism.com

The Associated Press marks the 50th anniversary of JFK's inaugural address with an "analysis" about how much things have changed since then, declaring, "Were it uttered by a modern politician, Kennedy's famous 'ask not' call to service might well be derided as a socialist pitch for more government."

Truth is, it was derided at the time as such; as Mark Perry recently noted, Milton Friedman's 1962 Capitalism and Freedom complained that "'what you can do for your country' implies the government is the master or the deity, the citizen, the servant or the votary." At least Friedman, though, agreed with the "ask not what your country can do for you" part, praising the message of individual responsibility, which the Associated Press, alas, seems to have edited out of the Kennedy legacy.

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