Americans overwhelmingly recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on our world than presidents of the United States. Earlier, we released data showing that most believe freedom is more important than Democracy. The two themes are completely intertwined. The more freedom people have, the less significant politics becomes. But, when we have less freedom, politics becomes all consuming. There is obviously a need for politics and government, but we should keep it in perspective. Most positive change starts outside the formal processes of our government.
In reality, of course, there is not a clear bright line between freedom and democracy. Next week, we’ll be releasing some data on the trade-offs involved between freedom and maintaining an orderly society.