Why is the free market bad?

Because it undermines the authority of the government. North Korea has “banned” cash

All cash transactions in North Korea have been frozen after the Government’s shock decision to revalue the won currency in an effort to crack down on the country’s burgeoning free-market economy.

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Reliable information about the North Korean economy is difficult to come by, but the move appears to have two purposes. One is to control price inflation by limiting the amount of cash in circulation. The other is to destroy the fortunes of black-market traders, money changers, and others who have been profiting from North Korea’s nascent free-market economy.

To rephrase Orwell, who controls the market controls your life; who controls the printing press controls the market.

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