Business people want free markets when entering a market, but want barriers raised after they are up and running.
The world has far more corpses to bury from from the envy of socialism than it has from the greed of capitalism.
Free marketers are not imposing their will, it’s a systematic change for people to impose their own will.
Government typically operates outside the market mechanism and is usually a monopoly supplier of its 'goods'. This has implications for GDP.
"The distinguished economist Lord (Lionel) Robbins once referred to the market as a “perpetual referendum” in which everyone votes, pound by pound, between countless goods and services produced by unnumbered suppliers around the world, competing in quality and price to satisfy customers. This quest to capture votes and obtain profit leads to improved products, cost-cutting innovation and enhanced productivity and wealth."
Pay to pray, or free-market capitalism meets the synagogue.
On Saturday, Jews around the world celebrated Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year. There was a time when synagogues opened their doors to non-members on the High Holy Days. Donations were encouraged. Now it's become commonplace to "pay to pray." "I was once of the opinion it should be free for everybody, before I realized that if it’s free for everybody, then some people are underwriting everyone else," Amichai Lau-Lavie, the spiritual leader of Lab/Shul, tells the New York Times, describing what economists call the "free rider" problem. Spoken like a true capitalist.
Statutes against victimless activities of all kinds have created lucrative black markets which provide enormous profits to those persons who are willing to break these “laws".
Criminalizing such activity will inevitably undermine whatever respect for law a person engaged in such conduct may once have had. In such a setting, it is unrealistic to expect most black marketeers, whose livelihood is earned by providing goods and services that are deemed to be illegal, to observe the fine line between violating such statutes and violating the genuine rights of others—particularly when their black-market activities are denied the protection of recognized legal institutions and they must routinely resort to self help.
Victimless crime laws not only breed violations of victim’s rights, the huge premiums that result from making certain highly desired transactions illicit create powerful financial incentives for criminals to organize into groups which in effect purchase the “right” or privilege to engage in criminal conduct by corrupting law enforcement agents at all levels.
Note there is also something called the grey market
"You could be forgiven for thinking that the energy providers are part of some mythical 'free market' intent on fleecing the public and leaving old ladies to die in the street this winter. The sad truth is no such market exists - a free market is by definition one whose only oversight an regulatory body is the customer base able to vote with its feet and wallet."
"The big energy company's only seem to work as a cartel because the majority of the public does not change supplier, Rather than demanding the abolition of a free market, ask yourself if you have compare energy prices in the past 6 months. If not, its you who are more likely the cause of profiteering."