Freeman's critics of the economics profession is based on the ground that it has
improperly accepted the philosophy of laissez-faire capitalism in five different
realms: economic development, unionism and minimum wage laws, socialist central planning
versus decentralized markets, military dictatorships and income inequality, and the
benefits of economic progress. Attempts to defend the view that the free enterprise
analysis in these five different areas can withstand Freemans criticisms.