From Jim Bennett’s new bookThe Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century, at 34-35:
[T]he market economy is more than the absence of socialism. It is more than the absence of interventionist government; it is the economic expression of strong civil society, just as substantive (rather than formulaic) democracy is the political expression of a civil society and civic state. Majoritarian mechanisms no more create civil society than wet streets cause rain. There is theoretically no reason why democracy needs a market economy, or vice versa — but in practice they are almost always found together. This is a clue. Entrepreneurship in business uses and requires the same talents and often the same motives that go into starting a church, a nonprofit organization, or a political party. The society that can create entrepreneurial businesses tends to be able to create the other forms of organization as well — often the same individuals start several of them at different stages in their lives.
Analyze and discuss. One blue book.
(Still weird at Amazon, saying it hasn’t been released yet. This is wrong. I’ve got mine. So it’s been released. I am assured that this problem is being worked on.)
This passage points the way backward toward Tocqueville and other analysts of Anglo-American civil society It also points forward to a deeper, fuller understanding of what a free market and a free society really look like and how they actually work as a matter of historical and contemporary fact, rather than philosophical speculation, wishful thinking, or unfounded animosity. As of page 59, the book is so far as good as I hoped it would be. There may be other interim reports. Once I have devoured and digested the whole book I plan to provide some comprehensive thoughts.