Strongly recommended for both academics and non-academics with interest in economic policy. --Voluntas
Thoughtful and erudite.... Mark Martinez forces us to re-examine the myth of the 'natural' free market order. --Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge
A fast-moving primer bursting with relevant examples, The Myth of the Free Market is--to put it mildly--eye-opening. Mark Martinez's insight could not have arrived at a more important time. Compelling from cover to cover. --Bill Harnsberger, Daily Kos
"Ronald Reagan told us that "government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem". This statement helped convince an entire generation that government does little more than hinder economic growth and the well-being of society. Professor Martinez - via lucid writing and a wealth of historical evidence - clearly demonstrates that relying on private market players alone to protect the integrity of markets will not produce the outcomes society desires. Recent events confirm this hypothesis. Read this book and see why Ronald Reagan was wrong and how government not only organizes markets but can indeed be a solution to our problems."