free market


Definition of free market

: an economy operating by free competition

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Anarcho-capitalism, which is interested in self-ownership and free markets, is much rarer, and is considered by most anarchists to be illegitimate because of anarchism’s inherent opposition to capitalism. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It," 7 Sep. 2018 And liberal reformers believed that by insuring people against some risks of creative destruction, welfare states would bolster democratic support for free markets. The Economist, "Capitalism needs a welfare state to survive," 12 July 2018 That is determined by private property owners and the free market. CBS News, "Natalie Portman documentary "Eating Animals" explores rise of so-called factory farming," 15 June 2018 The dinner -- named after the country’s first treasury secretary (and latter day musical sensation) -- celebrates public figures identified as personifying principals like individual liberty and free markets. Tom Metcalf,, "Stanley Druckenmiller Defends Jeff Bezos Against Trump’s Amazon Attacks," 3 May 2018 Only in France were people more doubtful about free markets bringing out the best in people. Erik Kirschbaum,, "Karl Marx is turning 200, and that's creating a stir in Germany, which was literally divided over his ideas," 3 May 2018 This is a convenient story for the pharmaceutical giants, who can claim that any assault on their profit margins is an assault on the free market system itself, the source, in their minds, of all innovation. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 Such actions unduly burden the free market system and impact law-abiding members of the NRA. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Months after getting out of the NRA insurance business, headaches pile up for Lockton | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 2018 But a large dose of the free market is what the post office needs most. The Economist, "Why America’s post office should be privatised," 19 Apr. 2018

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1642, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of free market

: an economic market or system in which prices are based on competition among private businesses and not controlled by a government

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