As conservatives, we believe that human beings have a right — given by God, nature, or pure moral reasoning — to choose who they associate with and how and what to trade, sell, give, or buy. Our goal is to protect or to conserve the ability of Americans to exercise that right. This is what we call the free market.
In the free market, you have the ability to perform a product or service for anyone who is willing to pay or trade for that product or service at a price that is suitable to both you and your buyer. It is a violation of free market principles when any third party interferes with that exchange. One of the main arguments conservatives make against government overreach is that it interferes in not just one, but all otherwise free exchanges.
Interfering with free exchanges is a violation of our natural and God-given rights on several levels. First, it interferes with our freedom to choose. Second, this government intervention (or regulation) has to be funded. Governments are always funded by taxation — by force — which is theft. This theft degrades the total value of the free market in question.
This is just a rudimentary overview of the principle of free markets. But unless you’re raised in a conservative household, chances are you have never heard of it before. Public schools rarely, if ever, teach students about free markets, as Reason TV’s John Stossel is about to demonstrate in this video.
~ Liberty Video News