Monday, July 18, 2011

On a Free Market Economy

Plan to implement a Free Market Economy.
Step 1 : Leave it alone.
Profit !

I don't agree with the term 'Free Market' Economy.  Applying that label implies that there is a plan of implementation.  I'd prefer the term The Economy.  It is the default.  When you take everything away, the 'Free Market' is what your left with.  Of course, the term The Economy is used to define the current economy within the context of the target audience ( e.g. The Economy in a US-related article is the US Economy ).  This is  subtle trick to imply that what we have right now it the default and that whatever we do it modifying the base version.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

This is not to say that I am against all government.  I believe that the government has a role in defending the liberties of its citizens, but rarely ( if ever ) is the government happy with just performing this simple function.  We regulate our own lives away.  Here, the one true power of government becomes apparent : Governments only have power over those that break the rules.  If you're a law-abiding citizen, what can the government legally do to you?

To keep this short, I'll finish with a little disclaimer : I do not believe there is some 'elite' or 'man behind the curtain' pulling strings to manipulate the population.  Sure, I think there are powerful people with large spheres of influence.  But I don't believe in a 'master plan' for control.  I believe that what we see is analogous to how a free market economy develops; not with a plan, but as an evolution of human behavior manifest within the framework of a specific context.  The Economy uses the context of money ( for the sake of making my point ) and the Government using the context of laws ( also, for the sake of making my point ).