The delusional idea of a free-market economy has to rank among the most insidious canards foisted upon humanity,
First of all, the only thing that happens when the power of elites is unfettered is that they get richer at the expense of everyone else. That was sort of the principle behind the Magna Carta, not to mention the Boston Tea Party, if you’ll recall.
Second of all, the notion of a “friction-free economy” is as plausible as, let us say, purely procreative sexuality. The influence of governance on the economy can be isolated and constrained in just about the same degree that desire is satisfied by conception.