Transactions resulting from voluntary choice without coercion


Do Greedy Spinach Merchants Want To Kill You?, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Daily Article, 6 Oct 2006
"This is one of the benefits of the information age, when word gets out to hundreds of millions in a matter of minutes. The response was a marvel of how markets can work. A valuable product said to bring health suddenly becomes a source of sickness and within hours, people not only stop eating it; it isn't even available for purchase!"
Don't Do It, Google, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., 2 May 2006
Related Topics: Government, Property Rights
"But what if Microsoft still dominates the market with inferior technology? Here we must speak to a common myth about free markets. It is not the case that the best technology always wins. All we can say about free markets is that there is a tendency for the most economically suitable products to dominate the market over the long term."
Free Trade With All Nations, by Richard Cobden, 15 Jan 1846
Related Topic: Free Trade
Speech to the National Anti-Corn-Law League, discussing their work over the past seven years and predicting immediate repeal of the Corn Laws in the upcoming session of Parliament
"... let the Corn Law be abolished instantly; let foreigners see what the English market is in its natural state, and then they will be able to judge from year to year and from season to season what will be the future demand from this country for foreign corn. There will be no extravagant estimate of what we want - no contingency of bad harvests to speculate upon. The supply will be regulated by the demand, and will reach that state which will be the best security against both gluts and famine. Therefore, for the farmer's sake, I plead for the immediate abolition of this law."
In Defense of a Free Market in Health Care, by Robert D. Helmholdt, 16 Apr 2004
Related Topic: Health Care
TGIF: Free-Market Socialism, by Sheldon Richman, 14 Nov 2014
Related Topic: Libertarianism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
"When the marketplace is really free and competitive (rather than constricted by the state to protect privileged interests), it is we collectively who decide who controls the means of production. We don't do this in the legal sense, for example, by literally expropriating the assets of some people and transferring them to others. Yet that's the effect of free competition and individual liberty."
The Great Thanksgiving Hoax, by Richard J. Maybury, The Free Market, Nov 1985
Related Topic: Thanksgiving
What Is the Enemy?, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, Apr 2006
Related Topic: Socialism
Discusses why corporatism, mercantilism and Big Business are the chief opposition to libertarianism and truly free markets
"Consumers are fickle and unpredictable. They might have bought from Kmart yesterday, but that's no guarantee they will do so today, and they need not give notice of their intention to shop elsewhere. In a truly free market new products and services are always appearing, making dominant products passé. This is also true for the production of capital goods and for services. Thus under laissez faire, without government-bestowed privilege, market share is never guaranteed."
Who Owns the Internet?, by Tim Swanson, Daily Article, 4 May 2006
Related Topics: Communications Technology, Prices, Private Property
"Many users mistakenly believe that the current radio spectrum and telecom regime is the product of the free-market. It is not. The FCC did not create the radio spectrum nor does it have some homesteading claim to the near-infinitesimal ranges found within it. It is, simply, a bureaucratic sophistry, which oddly enough believes it can distribute something it does not own."
Winning the Battle for Freedom and Prosperity, by John Mackey, Liberty, Jun 2006
Related Topics: Libertarianism, Business, Educational Freedom, Health, Health Care, Life Extension, Personal Responsibility, Socialism
Updated from speech given at FreedomFest 2004
"... we must advocate the ideal of free markets and competition in health care. The monopoly that medical doctors largely have in medical treatment must be broken. They should have to compete fully with other practitioners, such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths — and yes, my skeptical friend, John Stossel, even homeopaths."


Free Markets Under Siege: Cartels, Politics and Social Welfare
    by Richard A. Epstein, 2003
Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty
    by Gary Chartier (editor), Charles W. Johnson (editor), 5 Nov 2011