And just where have you seen a free market?
Certainly not in Detroit, or elsewhere in the US.
Government interferes in the attempted free market. Subsidies, tax breaks (from the local level all the way up to the federal), trade restrictions, etc all work to give businesses advantages/penalties they would not face under a true free market.
The rising gasoline prices here in the US is an example of a free market.
The growth of Walmart where the entire family are billionaires is an example of a free market.
The advertising you see everywhere in our country is an example of a free market. You see this plastered all over the baseball parks, TV screens, telephone marketers (invasion of privacy?), street bulletin boards, Internet solicitations and etc.
And above all, their corruption of our government officials to serve them rather than the people they are supposed to represent.
This corruption has led to the creation of the 'new world order'. With this type of power now, they can sue any Democratic government that would prevent them from marketing their product within these jurisdictions. This is now a world wide free market.
So what happened with this new found power? 9/11, thats what!
So now we are involved in a war that does not have anything to do with the defense of our Democracy but instead, the defense of their 'nwo'?
The World Trade Center was the headquarters of this 'nwo'.
Since this involved many US workers that perished in this attack, we now have to defend this corporate dinosaur organization.
Of course, these Islamic matyrs did attack the US military headquarters too. So we had to respond.
Detroit auto companies are a great example of this. They have relied upon government protection to avoid making improvements in their product. As such, other car companies are now narrowing their dominant lead. Marketing can only take them so far;) Instead of being the world leading innovators they are now scrambling to keep up.
The problem here is the failure of the management to correct the problems of our autos to promote dependable products.
I was checking the Consumer Reports on the quality of the US cars to that of the Japanese competitors. Any problems they had with their cars were corrected within a year or two.
The US cars were not corrected for an extended period of up to six years.
This obviously is a lack of management to produce a car that the consumers could rely on.
So the market share of the US cars started to shrink. This took about close to a decade before the US management did something to improve the reliability of the US product.
In a true free market, this would not have happened. Likewise, many of the things you argue against would also not happen to the extent they are now.
My above answer to the free market economy is answered above. That is plain enough, IMHO.