Written on Friday, December 28, 2012 by David L. Goetsch
President Obama and his fellow liberals are doing their best—and with great success—to get as many people addicted to government entitlements as possible. This is why my co-author, Archie Jones, and I made articulating the benefits of a free market Rule # 3 in our new book Rules for Conservative Radicals available at www.patriotdepot.com. Opposing statism, socialism, and nanny government is a radical idea in today’s entitled, government-dependent America. Since this is the case, conservatives should be just as radical as our Founding Fathers were in opposing the tyranny of big government. Reminding conservatives how to articulate the benefits of a free market is the purpose of this column.
A free-market economy exists when people can buy and sell goods and services without restrictions, limitations, or inhibitions from outside sources—particularly government— concerning value and price. The American economy was originally intended to be a free-market economy and started out that way. After their experiment with socialism almost caused them to starve, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony quickly learned the value of a free-market system. However, as the country grew, so did government and big government is the antithesis of the free-market. Moreover, the growth of our government was spurred far more by the growth of socialistic theory and propaganda than by the real needs of historical circumstances. Government inevitably becomes the outside source that limits the free-market. It does so through unnecessary, burdensome government regulation.
As things stand today in America, virtually every transaction for goods and services is limited in some way—directly or indirectly—by government regulations. In fact, the federal government—through the promulgation of onerous regulations—has spread its tentacles into every aspect of American life. The constricting tentacles of government regulation have choked the freedom out of America’s free market. Try to envision what George Washington or Thomas Jefferson—both gentlemen farmers—would think if they somehow learned that a mother in today’s over-regulated America cannot purchase raw milk for her children without fear of prosecution. America’s Founders would be aghast to learn that some type of government regulation now applies to every market transaction that takes place in our country.
Consequently, it is important for conservatives to fight back by articulating the benefits of a free-market economy. According to Brady Mickelsen, the benefits of the free market include the following:
The bottom line concerning the free market versus statism and socialism is this: A free-market creates jobs and prosperity. In a free market even the poor are better off than they are when dependent on an inefficient, bureaucratic, sluggish, uncaring nanny government that is quickly going broke.