Joan, the so-called free market has in America ALWAYS been a subsidized market.
It's one of the lies that let wealthy folks govern.
If Reich were to think about what he says, he wouldn't use the words our democracy in his article; he would use our oligarchy.
Tom, you are correct and I agree with what you write. We learned how to function in an oligarchy and need to learn new skills to take control of our lives and lifestyles.