Free Market Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Free Market Quotes from Sam Brownback, Ha-Joon Chang, Danny K. Davis, Peter Schiff, John Delaney. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

As we consider the fast pace of scientific and technolo

As we consider the fast pace of scientific and technological progress in our modern world, we must not lose our moral compass and give way to ‘free market eugenics’.
Sam Brownback
Basically, the myth is that America has been founded on the free market; the government has done very little; it has thrived under free trade. But actually, if you look at the history, this is actually the country that has succeeded most with protectionist policies.
Ha-Joon Chang
I believe in our free market system.
Danny K. Davis
I don’t want the technology of the 1950s, but I want the free market of the 1950s.
Peter Schiff
I strongly believe in a free market, and it is great when companies make money and pay their people well.
John Delaney
The American people are being victimized more than any free market would warrant.
Gordon Smith
Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it’s to have any meaning in this world – and stop being its apologist.
The free market allowed shock jocks to flourish, and millions of listeners apparently enjoyed the rant.
Christine Pelosi
A normal way that the American free market system has worked is that we have a process of unwinding. It’s called bankruptcy. It doesn’t mean, necessarily, that the industry is eclipsed or that it’s gone. Often times, the phoenix rises out of the ashes.
Michele Bachmann
Free market never succeeded without free men and free society.
Li Lu
I’m a free market person, a free trader. But if we had a market in California, there would be competition.
Anna Eshoo
An awful lot of food is thrown away. This you can call a spillover. It doesn’t sort of enter into our economic system because it’s a consequence of running things in a highly competitive way: the free market, global pricing and so on.
John Sulston
Choices abound in the free market. Choice creates real and immediate accountability.
Pete Hoekstra
We no longer have a free market in the United States, we have a government controlled free market.
Jim Bunning
I was very excited about a currency that was not controlled by a central government, that could be a free market currency. That was all the incentive I needed to dedicate my life to it.
Erik Voorhees
When you have a perfect free market, it’s difficult to predict the future. But when you have a market that is disturbed by government manipulations and money-printing, it’s impossible to make any predictions.
Marc Faber
The War on Drugs employs millions – politicians, bureaucrats, policemen, and now the military – that probably couldn’t find a place for their dubious talents in a free market, unless they were to sell pencils from a tin cup on street corners.
L. Neil Smith
The ‘free market’ is the product of laws and rules continuously emanating from legislatures, executive departments, and courts.
Robert Reich
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Milton Friedman
I’ve read quite a few readers’ reviews of my book on Amazon, saying, ‘Ah, he criticises the free market, he advocates central planning.’ I don’t do that for a minute! But this is our black and white, dichotomous way of thinking – which has really been harmful.
Ha-Joon Chang
There is no free market for oil.
T. Boone Pickens
There is no free market for oil. It’s controlled by a cartel, OPEC.
Frederick W. Smith
We want a free market, but we know that the paradox of a ‘free’ market is that sometimes you have to intervene. You have to make sure it’s not the law of the jungle but the laws of democracy that works.
Margrethe Vestager
When it comes to jobs, jobs are just like products in the sense that the free market operates and sees that somebody gets paid what they’re worth.
Wayne Rogers
The public has been sold a bill of goods about the free market being a panacea for mankind.
Tom Scholz
The free market, the people, will find solutions and they always did in the past.
Maxime Bernier
The fact is Qatar, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore, Garuda, all of the three Chinese airlines, Air New Zealand – the fact is that international aviation relies very much upon agreements between nation-states, and it is not an area in which you have free market operations.
Anthony Albanese
The Heartland Institute, which people mostly only know in terms of the fact that it hosts these annual conferences of climate change skeptics or deniers, it’s important to know that the Heartland Institute is first and foremost a free market think tank. It’s not a scientific organization.
Naomi Klein
The free market is the epitome of life itself. This is something that all scientists recognise because science itself operates on free market lines.
John Sulston
Democracy no longer means what it was meant to. It has been taken back into the workshop. Each of its institutions has been hollowed out, and it has been returned to us as a vehicle for the free market, of the corporations. For the corporations, by the corporations.
Arundhati Roy
This is, after all, the country that gave the world the rule of law, parliamentary democracy, the right to own property, the English language, and the free market… we are a remarkable people, and we have so much more to give.
Andrea Leadsom
The free market is not a god; we have to do everything we can to make the market competitive.
Michael Gove
The Netherlands and the UK are both seafaring nations and so our ability to create jobs and to generate future growth is built on the free market.
Mark Rutte
Once I really got into securities fraud prosecutions, I came to realize how central they were to the maintenance of a free market and how, in many ways, they are far more important to the welfare of our society than many of the more sensational criminal cases that one hears about.
Jed S. Rakoff
Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market.
Barack Obama
I believe in a free market of ideas and not shying away from debate.
Kevin McCarthy
Our ability to create jobs, our future growth, is built on the free market. It’s built on open borders.
Mark Rutte
We don’t have a free market in health care. We need to connect customers up with the cost of care. And to drive innovation that way.
Ken Cuccinelli
The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people.
Milton Friedman
The embargo doesn’t affect the United States, not even minimally; all of Cuba’s economy is smaller than that of Miami-Dade County, and the ones who suffer the most are Cubans. If you talk to them in the street, they’re the ones most interested in the opening of a free market in their country.
Jorge M. Perez
I think global warming is the gravest threat. With global warming, it’s the product of a war between old energy – between the carbon cronies, who, by the way, could not stay in business in a true free market capitalism.
Robert Kennedy, Jr.
The beauty of the free market is that everyone gets what they want. With governmentally imposed systems, it is always one size fits all.
Roger Ver
I’m a very free market guy.
Erik Prince
It’s really interesting that we’ve had this great Tea Party movement that is all about restoring free market capitalist values, but what they completely fail to understand is that what we’ve got now is a situation where there is a small class of gigantic financial companies that have put themselves above capitalism.
Matt Taibbi
The food system is not a free market. In this country, we impose reasonably high standards of animal welfare – but we haven’t applied the same standards to food we import, so all we’re really doing is exporting cruelty from Britain elsewhere, and at the same time undermining our farmers.
Zac Goldsmith
There are always losers when society evolves. In the free market, these losers are expected and encouraged to retrain and find new ways to survive and thrive.
John McAfee
Without a free man, there is no free market. That’s called exploitation.
Li Lu
Voluntary association produces the free market – where each person can choose among a multitude of possibilities.
Harry Browne
There is no free market in oil.
Peter DeFazio
There are things that government can do to incentivize the free market to do a better job, yes. But is that a replacement for getting in the way, actively, of the fossil fuel industry and preventing them from destroying our chances of a future on a livable planet? It’s not a replacement.
Naomi Klein
The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that’s why it’s so essential to preserving individual freedom.
Milton Friedman
In a free market, businesses compete for customers by keeping prices down and for labor by keeping wages up.
Peter Schiff
Overcoming the myth that there is such a thing as an objectively defined ‘free market’ is the first step towards understanding capitalism.
Ha-Joon Chang
Tell me, what do they do for us in Bulgaria? Do they fix the prices? Or is there some kind of a free market?
Dwayne Andreas
As conservatives, we support free market principles and believe the private sector provides solutions that the government cannot.
Mike Pompeo
When people are desperate or wealthy, they turn to socialism; only when they have no other alternative do they embrace the free market. After all, lies about guaranteed security are far more seductive than lectures about personal responsibility.
Ben Shapiro
As Ludwig von Mises conclusively demonstrated in 1912, money does not and cannot originate by order of the State or by some sort of social contract agreed upon by all citizens; it must always originate in the processes of the free market.
Murray Rothbard
The picture of the free market is necessarily one of harmony and mutual benefit; the picture of State intervention is one of caste conflict, coercion, and exploitation.
Murray Rothbard
In the 19th century, a lot of people were against outlawing child labour, because to do so would be against the very foundations of a free market economy: ‘These children want to work, these people want to employ them… what is your problem? It’s not as if anyone has kidnapped them…’
Ha-Joon Chang
The challenge as we saw in the Nigerian project was to restructure the economy decisively in the direction of a modern free market as an appropriate environment for cultivation of freedom and democracy and the natural emergence of a new social order.
Ibrahim Babangida
The only place you see a free market is in the speeches of politicians.
Dwayne Andreas
There’s a difference between a free market and free-for-all market.
Bob Menendez
Even Milton Friedman – doyen of radical free market thought – was willing to consider some government intervention into primary education on the grounds that it is unfair for children to not get a chance in life because they were born to poor parents.
Abhijit Banerjee
What I’d like to do is continue a private sector, free market Main Street types of policies. And those include less regulation. They include a fairer, flatter tax system.
Bill Flores
Indeed, a major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it… gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Milton Friedman
You can’t just pillory the teachers unions and sound the free market trumpet. We must visit the failing schools. We must talk to the mother who desperately wants more for her child and offer a constructive way out. We can’t simply lambaste… food stamps or decry dependency.
Frank Wolf
The free market for mobile devices and wireless service has been a dramatic success.
Ajit Pai
How do you expect people to actually join the military if, when they leave the military, they can’t integrate back into the free market they’re supposed to be protecting?
Bobby Kotick
Now, modern economies have a very effective mechanism for deciding if salaries are really too high: it’s called the free market. That’s how most people’s salaries are set, after all, including those of major-league baseball players and European soccer players.
James Surowiecki
Like many free market economists, with whom he had little else in common, Nehru seemed to believe that people will find a way to get their children educated.
Abhijit Banerjee
The active fighters can’t speak up or they will be fired. Because this monopoly doesn’t allow for a free market. We have to free the fighters so they can fight wherever they want.
Wanderlei Silva
The free market is fundamentally humane and democratic, driven by ideas and millions of individual choices about what to do with our money which defy those who benefit from the status quo.
Liz Truss
Global warming is a fact. Now it’s up to liberals to make it a reality. Hence there is crucial importance in preventing powerful, greedy free market forces from getting in the way of worsening storms and rising sea levels. The Kyoto Accord is a good first step.
P. J. O’Rourke
The American free market system is the greatest engine for prosperity and opportunity that the world has ever seen. Freedom works.
Ted Cruz
We believe that cryptocurrency and the use of blockchain can open up the economy to individuals and groups that have been historically excluded or ignored by the free market and financial institutions.
Francis X. Suarez
We know that in our free market economy some will prosper more than others. What we don’t accept is the idea that some folks won’t even get a chance.
Julian Castro
I became a real free market fanatic. I’m probably less so now than even two or three years ago.
Esther Dyson
We can’t leave everything to the free market. In fact, climate change is, I would argue, the greatest single free-market failure. This is what happens when you don’t regulate corporations and you allow them to treat the atmosphere as an open sewer.
Naomi Klein
Let the free market for wireless services and devices flourish. If the government gets out of the way, the wireless marketplace will continue to be an American success story.
Ajit Pai
There’s not a single country that actually approaches economics in a pure, free market, capitalist way. I like the free market – but it very much exists only in textbooks. If I had a choice, and we could live in a very pure world, I would be a supporter of the free markets.
Dambisa Moyo
You can’t imagine a free market coupled with a dictatorship.
Li Lu
People think the free market is a philosophy, they think that it is a creed. It is none of those things. Free market is a bathroom scale, it is a measuring tape, it’s simply a measurement.
P. J. O’Rourke
Personally, I always find it especially piquant when cultural conservatives, usually quick to profess their devotion to the Free Market, rail against the success in said market of some product of which they disapprove.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
I’m not a communist – I believe in the free market and that entrepreneurs should be allowed to take risks because it creates wealth and jobs, but I draw the line at people risking other people’s money. That’s deplorable.
Stelios Haji-Ioannou
The basis of the free market is anytime you can generate revenue or profit, you’ve created value in excess of the resources you consume in a society. That’s probably the most unbiased utility function there is, as opposed to someone’s opinion.
Michael J. Saylor
I’d like to talk about free markets. Information in the computer age is the last genuine free market left on earth except those free markets where indigenous people are still surviving. And that’s basically becoming limited.
Russell Means
In a free market and in the absence of planning, developers will flatten every hillside, fill every canyon, obliterate every endangered species, and pave over every wetland they think they can make a buck on.
Peter Navarro
The United States has the world’s largest and most innovative economy, an unmatched rule of law, and a free market that is the envy of the international community. For investors, we are the reserve currency.
John Delaney
With free market and free man, if you remove one of them, it is not called capitalism in my dictionary.
Li Lu
The greatness of America is capitalism, free market capitalism. The exceptionalism of American business.
Fran Tarkenton
Yes, agriculture subsidies are far too generous. They need to be reined in because they cater to special interests while distorting free market competition. Yes, the farm laws are an anachronistic mess.
Juan Williams
Yet, while producing increasingly selfish people, the mantra of the Left, and therefore of the universities and the media, has been for generations that capitalism and the free market, not the welfare state, produces selfish people.
Dennis Prager
I am a free market Republican. I am against subsidies, in most cases.
Rudy Giuliani
I am a Reagan Republican: I believe in Free Market Capitalism; I believe in economic growth.
Lawrence Kudlow
The free market economy is supposed to be the only path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity, power and influence of nations.
Omar Bongo
The good news is, Americans know firsthand the benefits of a free market – more choices, lower prices, higher quality – and there is no reason why we cannot help them see these same benefits in health care.
John Shadegg
You know, I’m a free market politician and I think I’m the only one who worked for think-tanks like the Montreal Economic Institute.
Maxime Bernier
We live in a capitalistic society, don’t we? Our country is based on the idea of the free market. Why not incorporate that free-market ideal into your career as a mixed martial artist?
Benson Henderson
I think examples of free market transactions between peaceful people using Bitcoin and the Internet, I think it’s a wonderful thing. It’s going to make the world a better place.
Roger Ver