(Editor’s Note: Lawrence W. Reed is President of the Foundation for Economic Education. Reed will deliver the keynote address, “The Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy,” at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum
on Friday, September 21 at the W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta.)
By Lawrence W. Reed
Remember the old Chicago song, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Well, if you asked that question about 130 years ago, you could have received 38 different answers in a single state and many more than that in some countries. How the invention of standard time brought order out of an astonishing degree of confusion is a sadly forgotten tale and a great tribute to ingenuity in a free society.