Farmer Boy was probably written by Rose Wilder Lane in the mid-40s. Money is work is a phrase from this book. Money is hard work and much time. Government edicts don’t create money; markets create money.
Most Americans do not know what the source of wealth is and they don't know what causes economic problems. Self-interest promotes the general interest of society. The invisible hand can deliver all. The coercive hand of government destroys all.
The economic point of view holds that logic reveals that certain means - like socialism -simply cannot produce certain desired results such as social cooperation. Austrian economics realistically explains all the choices that people make to be better off.
The fate of the consumer is the fate of civilization itself. Every person influences what is done with the world's resources. Call it consumerism. Call it free society. Call it capitalism. It works for people.
Lucia's interest in history drew her to Mises Institute in order to do research which was not available in Milan. She noticed wealth and famous Southern hospitality. She met others seeking, as she does, freedom and truth.