Ever since the (ongoing) collapse of the global economy, my anti-free market hackles have been brazenly raised. Here's some of what's been spinning inside my head. My Libertarian pals (all two of you!) should feel free to have at in the comments.
By the by, our police exist to uphold the status quo, and to a lesser degree, to protect the citizens from inflicting undue harm on themselves. They succeed at only one of their aims.
Our military exist to open new foreign markets through force, with the political cover of "humanitarian intervention." They haven't "protected" Americans since WWII.
One only has to trace the history of the Central Intelligence Agency to see the hidden hand of the global free market ideology — coups, assasinations, petrodictatorships and more have been the result of the American quest for economic hegemony.
Even the Marshall Plan (which cost a lot more than the New Deal, I might add), was a carrot designed to ensnare a newly-divided Europe on the tenterhooks of American-style capitalism. Hey, the investment paid off, right?
For a while, anyway.
To trace the roots of our current global financial crisis is to reveal the fingerprints of a poison philosophy that has always benefitted the few at the expense of the many. Take a drive through the country, if you don't believe me. How many towns are still waiting for that glorious free market trickledown?
What will replace this utterly flawed and now broken system is not within my ability to forecast. I do believe it should take more into account than individual profit, however. Because to choose otherwise is to be complicit in the destruction of the world and our place in it.