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An important question is whether the concept of liberty includes the freedom not to act. Some decades ago, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman was confronted with the Good Samaritan paradox. His thoughts are remarkable:

Note the shift you made: you started with society and ended up with government. Are those synonymous?

A good society will certainly be one in which people in that position will be strongly inclined to move out and rescue that man. But that is a very different question from saying that if the society is bad we can make it good by using force.

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