Free Markets, Democracy Are Nothing Without Moral, Religious People, Eric Metaxas Says

TYLER O’NEIL , CP REPORTER
March 11, 2014|8:41 am
Eric Metaxas Speaks at CPAC(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST/SONNY HONG)Founder of Socrates in the City and author of best-selling biographies of William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and others, Eric Metaxas speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., March 7, 2014.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A moral and religious population is necessary for free markets and democratic institutions to work well, best-selling author Eric Metaxas told The Christian Post after speaking at The Conservative Political Action Conference.

“The free market and democracy by themselves, unmoored by a religious population or a moral population, are nothing,” Metaxas said Friday. “The free hand of the market will provide cheaper, better pornography and drugs, if that’s what the population wants.”

“To have a robust free market is compromised if we are mired in debt, and to have a robust free market of ideas is compromised if religious freedom is threatened – they’re really both sides of the same thing, different kinds of liberty that are inextricably intertwined,” he added.

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