As an American citizen, I prefer a government that permits and enables a freedom-loving, constitutionally-based society. I prefer it for one reason only--because it works better than anything else. It releases the energy, enthusiasm, and effort of thousands of people to build businesses and commercial networks to create wealth. A freedom-loving society releases man's potential.

In a manner of speaking, a freedom-loving society answers a primordial call-of-nature in people to create and rule their own turf, build castles, and create private, exclusive social networks. In that context, it differs somewhat from medieval leaders and their thirst for plunder, inasmuch as modern man just substitutes employees and money for soldiers and weapons.

Governments only have to allow such a society to happen. Based on the American result, I have to wonder why more of the world does not follow the free-society model. It is not perfect, but it has produced the best results, so far.

The actions of thousands of business-builders result in many independent centers of power on the American landscape. The functioning of those commercial centers has to follow the rules set up to protect the public and to satisfy compliance-type bureaucrats.

Otherwise, they differ from one another, developing corporate personalities as unique as the autocratic, driven men and women who create them.