I didn't watch any part of the recent rescue of the Chilean miners, but it could not have elicitied a bigger emotional response from me than this piece in today's Wall Street Journal.
No matter how much you scoff at the idea, the capitalists who were able to contribute their free-market innovations to the rescue efforts are similarly fighting to survive under the crushing weight of government interference. I understand that mens' bodies survive even when the government destroys their motivation, but the incredible products of their minds, risks, and efforts may never see the light of day.
The proper role of the government is to protect our individual rights which include the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.
When our individual rights are protected, men thrive, not merely survive.