The Moral Case for the Free Market

by Jonah Goldberg

One of the interesting conversations in the comment section for my column on China-envy, is whether there’s a moral case for capitalism. The short answer is: Of course there is. The freedom to read what you want, say what you want, go where you want, eat what you want, live how you want is inextricably bound up in the freedom to spend your money and sell the fruits of your labors with minimal government intervention. That the relationship between economic freedom and political freedom can sometimes be complicated doesn’t mean it’s any less real or vital. As Robert Nozick famously said, “The socialist society would have to forbid capitalist acts between consenting adults.”