Marx and his disciples, for their own reasons, colluded in the conflation of capitalism with 'free market' ideology. Both Marxist and mainstream economists favoured economic concentration, in the hands of a socialist government, or in the hands of large corporations. So we've been told, from both the Marxist left and the capitalist right, that the only alternative to capitalism is a state-owned command economy. But an obvious alternative is a decentralized economy where people own and control their own businesses, either as sole proprietors or as members of workers' cooperatives. I'm happy to talk more about these ideas to anyone who is interested.
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