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Now, truth be told, I’m no lover of big corporations, but not because I think they want to poison their customers or shoot my dog for target practice. My problem isn’t that they’re too rapaciously capitalistic.

Rather, it’s that they’re too opportunistic, too eager to abandon the free market and work with the government under the false flag of the greater good.

In a free market, businesses are in a relentless competition to improve products and satisfy the needs of the consumer. “A new test for pancreatic cancer? Great! Let’s be the first to get it to market.”

In the cozy world of government-business collusion, the state counts on the status quo existing far out into the future, for that’s the only way to preserve and plan out “the system.”

There’s got to be a good a movie plot in there somewhere.

(Jonah Goldberg is the author of the new book “The Tyranny of Cliches.” You can write to him in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at JonahsColumnaol.com, or via Twitter JonahNRO.) (C) 2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc.