Today, we Americans celebrate July 4th without any apparent questions about the meaning of freedom. At the time of the American revolution 90% of the eligible voters, granted they were male and white,were self employed.
Today, most Americans are employees and I would hold that is an important thought to give pause as to the meaning of freedom.
Dean Foods has 25,820 employees and Kraft Foods has 97,000 employees. These corporations are top-down organizations, not democratic institutions. More
importantly, they are along with other big players in dairy, are bureaucracies - big business is essentially not much different from big government. They are big buddies.
So, I find it very strange when some people advocate what they call "free markets." What is called "free markets" is neither free nor a market. I am a big supporter of both but, lets call a spade a spade. We are today close, very close, to oligarchy.