The dogma of the unfettered free market being a guarantor of good just baffles me. History is packed with examples of unconstrained capitalism leading to the tyranny of a wealthy elite.

If we look at the best places in the world to live in terms of people having the time and resources to pursue fulfillment, and in terms of of people being generally free to participate in society regardless of accidents of birth or biology, those places are, almost without exception, liberal democracies that tame capitalism with socialist ideals.

Will an even more free market help the United States counter the trend toward radically uneven concentration of weath? Toward working people unable to make a living?

Clearly not. Simple things like minimum wage and worker protection laws work. Libertarian impulses to choke off those protections benefit the privileged without offering any real path toward a just and healthy society.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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