As my book is a history of the political debate over government economic intervention in the United States, it was gratifying to see the concept mentioned twice in yesterday's Sunday New York Times. In his review of Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton, Adam Hochschild wrote "another major theme of Empire of Cotton is that, contrary to the myth of untrammeled free enterprise, this expanding industry was fueled at every stage by government intervention." The same edition also contained a review, written by Beth Macy, of Bartow J. Elmore's Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism. Macy praises the book by writing that "what Elmore does best is analyze how Coke takes advantage of global public works and government interventions to boost its place in world markets."
The form, structure and success of "free markets" will always be a product of government priorities and policies. Good point, New York Times!