Timothy McGettigan

American Mythology and the Free Market that Never Was

Critics have decried Barrack Obama's proposed solution to the health care crisis as an act of socialism. Indeed, free market logic generally asserts that any form of state interference in private enterprise is, by definition, socialism. Okay, but if that's our definition, then every President since Hoover has been a socialist too. Regardless of party affiliation, every modern Commander-in-Chief has been a big supporter of federal economic intervention--the extent to which that establishes their credentials as died-in-the-wool socialists is somewhat more dubious. Nonetheless, US government involvement in the private enterprise system has actually been more common and, dare I say, more beneficial than we often like to admit. 

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