Columnist Bruce Yandle (“Return to reliance on free-market capitalism,” The Columbian, Sept. 11) falls back to 1912, citing a time of free-market capitalism with Woodrow Wilson winning out over Teddy Roosevelt. 1912, a time when if you got sick, you got fired. Wages could be cut in half. If you tried to organize, you were fired, beaten up or even shot. A time when American business felt fully justified in calling out the Army to put workers in their place, a coffin at times.
The people like Yandle who worship at the altar of free market show no concern for, nor understanding of, people. Free market is profit, not people. Get it? Society, ours, is about people. All of us, not just those on the profit end of the free market.