Myths/government regulation stifles free markets

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Myth: Government regulation interferes with the operation of free markets.
This may not be phrased exactly right; need to find actual examples of this claim.


The free-marketist claim is that free markets operate best in the absence of government, and that government regulation "distorts" them and prevents them from operating efficiently, or at all.


This is the opposite of the truth. You can't have market competition without external regulation. Would any sane person participate in a high-stakes game without a referee? – unless, of course, they thought they could control the outcome through force...