Suppose that there was a button in front of you that if you pushed, it would, in one instant, abolish all the governmental controls and regulations on the US economy. Would you push that button, and in so doing transform the United States into a society of free people? People who would associate with each other based on voluntary exchange, with government limited to protection of life, liberty and honestly acquired property?
There are many people today who speak about the intensifying heavy-handedness of government, and its increasing stranglehold on people’s freedom and the country’s potential renewed prosperity. They often cogently demonstrate the failure and corruption of political manipulation in society. And they say the “private sector” is the key to real and lasting solutions to our social problems. But we almost never hear voices declaring a desire to “push the button.” Indeed, what passes for “deregulation” or market-based reform has limited connection with any call for a truly laissez-faire capitalist United States.