The United States’ power elite generally regards capitalism and freedom as synonymous and proportional - liberated markets equal a liberated people. Perhaps that’s true philosophically, but in practice, the opposite has usually been true. The more unfettered capitalism becomes, the more destructive it becomes. It’s that simple. Yet the US government has decided that national security is more important than economic security, and over three decades, these have acted as opposing forces to diminish our core liberties.