I just came across the free-market quote of the day. It’s found on p. 1038 of Murray Rothbard’s magnum opus, Man Economy, and State. Enjoy:
…which one of us would earn anything like our present real income were it not for external benefits that we derive from the actions of others? Specifically, the great modern accumulation of capital goods is an inheritance from all the net savings of our ancestors … We are all, therefore, free riders on the past. We are also free riders on the present, because we benefit from the continuing investment of our fellow men and from their specialized skills on the market.