Why do you say that America’s political system is degenerating into crony capitalism?
There is not a well-understood distinction between being pro-business and being pro-market. Businessmen like free markets until they get into a market; once they are in it they want to block entry to others. Pro-marketeers want free markets at all times. The more conservative pro-marketeers are fearful of criticising business, because they assume they will be seen as criticising the free market. But we need to stand up and criticise business when business is not helping the cause of free markets.
In what way?
Take lobbying. Lobbying may once have been reactive but now it’s proactive--businessmen use it to shape policy and ask for tax advantages. This is corruptive of democracy.
Companies with a lot of money abroad sponsored a bill in 2004/5 that allowed them to repatriate their profits at a low tax rate. Thus $1 produced $220 of tax savings. The Bush-approved drug and Medicare act was a huge bonanza for the drug industry. Their market value increased by several billion dollars when this was announced. I could continue.
I am, of course, pro-markets. (Emphasis in original.) Via Quick study: Luigi Zingales on crony capitalism: When business and government are bedfellows | The Economist.