Market intervention consists of the interference with the natural process of exchange. Intervention comes mostly from government. It leads to less efficient allocation of economic resources and the loss of liberty.
To understand the nature of exchanges in the modern world we must take into account the many forms of intervention. Violent intervention has become so pervasive that we must consider it in the background of every question about the process of exchange. We must ask, "Would we see a different—and arguably better—result without a specific intervention."
In this section we pick up our discussion of exchange—started in the first section, but with an eye toward how interventions affect those exchanges.