I'm a huge fan of Jonah Goldberg of NRO and Liberal Fascism fame.
His response to a free market debate on NRO is valuable. The money quote is:
"As Milton Friedman put it, "A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. "
"In other words, even if your description of the free market as morally neutral is correct, interference with the free market is not necessarily morally neutral. (similarly, voting may be morally neutral, but abolishing voting would not be a morally neutral act). So, whether you're right or not, the case for defending the free market is not purely a matter of empiricism. It is a moral obligation for those eager to defend freedom."
Conservatives need to remember this. Freedom is letting a person get what they think is best for them, rather than what socialists of Obama's ilk thing is best for them.
Young people bedazzled by empty rhetoric need to realize that the main problem with socialism is the absolute lack of choice involved with socialism. You don't get to choose whatever you want, only the choices made available to you by the elites.
The free market is not perfect but to paraphrase Winston Churchill, the free market is the worst of all economic policies, except for all the rest.
If you believe in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, then the idea of elites deciding what you want must be fought at every turn.
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