Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A letting alone; a general non-interference with individual freedom of action; the let-alone principle or policy in government and political economy. The term was first used in France to designate that principle of political economy which would leave industry and trade absolutely free from taxation or restriction by government, except so far as required by public peace and order. It has since been extended to include non-interference by controlling authority with any guiltless exercise of individual will.
“We are supposed to be a nation built upon an antipathy to government - an anti-statist creed that Seymour Martin Lipset once said could "be described in five words: liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism and laisser-faire.”
“Tangential — on economist. com, Google reports 300-some hits for “laissez-faire” and 180-some for “laisser-faire”.”
“Sounds like crazy Wall Street-style laisser-faire!”
“I should have recognized that my daughter needed a controlled aproach to eating, not a laisser-faire approach.”
“On the contrary – the effects of liberalisation in the Netherlands have been so severe, not least in terms of increased crime with more high-level drugs-linked criminality per head than anywhere else in Europe, and with a near tripling of cannabis use amongst 18-20 year-olds, that the Dutch government was forced to toughen up at least some elements of its laisser-faire approach.”
“It suggests an attitude of laisser-faire, not active engagement.”
“Tea Partiers may yell a lot, but in fact, their policy prescriptions are very laisser-faire.”
“It is not working because the consumers are unable to keep up the growth in spending necessary to support the growth in production that has been envisioned by the laisser-faire free marketeers.”
“In other words, Bush is hell bent on maintaining the current hands-off, laisser-faire, deregulated approach to the free market that got us here in the first place.”
“Africa has paid too high a price dearly for the mirage of collectivism and “progressisme” to yield to that of laisser-faire.”
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