Magazine May 28, 2012, Issue

Beyond Efficiency

It’s time to make the moral case for free markets

A couple of years ago I wrote a book called “The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future.” I made what I thought was a very clever observation: that America is a “70 percent nation” when it comes to free enterprise. In virtually every survey on the matter, about seven in ten Americans say they believe free enterprise beats all other economic systems, even during recessions.

In response to this, several even cleverer reviewers pointed out an inconvenient truth: Americans may vow a monogamous love for free enterprise, but they have a huge fidelity

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