You don’t have to be a leftist to see something wrong with the way government bails out its cronies in banking and Big Business. When you hear mainstream conservatives talking about “free markets”, they’re probably referring to no such thing, but instead describing something more like what is depicted in the cartoon below.
I’m a libertarian because I recognize the truth in economist Walter Williams’ quote:
Liberals believe government should take people’s earnings to give to poor people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate people’s earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one’s property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage.
I’d prefer to live in a society in which pillage is no longer tolerated.