Is the free market an enemy of Libertarianism?
*This is a discussion. My opinions on the free market will not be in this post, though I may be part of the discussion in the comments and my views may surface there. I am merely proposing a thought experiment to be discussed.
The free market has given us a lot of things. iPhones, KitKats, cars, and marvel movies.
But it’s also given us things we don’t like. slavery in third world countries, child labor, climate change, Harvey Weinstein, and people working full time being paid so little that their freedoms are extremely difficult to exercise because they can’t afford to own anything other than basic necessities.
In some ways, the free market sows the seeds for giant corporations that themselves can be government-like in controlling people’s lives. However, preventing these corporations from coming into being would be restricting the freedoms of entrepreneurs.
So I pose the question to everyone here – What are your thoughts? is the free market antithetical to Libertarianism, or are the restrictions required for the alternative worse than the corporations such restrictions would prevent from existing?
*Remember, this is nothing more than a discussion and debate, and peaceful disagreement is an option. I want to hear people’s opinions in order to learn, that is my only goal here. Please keep the discussion civil.
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