We’ve heard that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” But in the internet age, free stuff abounds.
What is a market economy? We often talk about it as though it were a thing, perhaps a machine or a vehicle. Business reporters say it heats up or cools down. Sometimes it even gets stuck in a ditch. But it’s not a thing subject to heating or cooling or running off a road.
The free market — indeed, a free society — is founded on individual rights, including the right to one’s justly acquired property. If the government’s rules regarding the use and disposal of property are “flexible,” a free society is doomed.
Business decisions should be made in the marketplace, not in the halls of government.
As airlines often do, last week, United Airlines overbooked a flight. But this time, all was not well. Overbooked flights are nothing new. According to the Federal Transit Authority, U.S. airlines convinced over 400,000 passengers to give up their seat on an overbooked flight in 2016.