Atlas Summit 2013 -- Antitrust law purports to protect the “free market” from “anticompetitive behavior.” In fact it sometimes ends up burdening or impeding achievement. But the essential evil lies deeper: Antitrust law sees the “free market” as a mechanism set up by society to provide the best goods and services at the lowest prices for consumers.

The real moral foundation of capitalism is each person’s right to live for his or her own sake, and it is this right that antitrust law despises.


Alexander R. Cohen earned his law degree at the University of Pennsylvania before beginning extensive graduate study in philosophy in the City University of New York, the University of Virginia, and the Atlas Society Graduate Seminar.

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