"An economy is often described as if it were a machine or a vehicle. It “overheats” and “cools down.” It “stalls” and “accelerates.” The machine metaphor encourages a mindset accepting of coercive government controls over economic activities—especially to alleviate economic and war crises. But an economy is not a machine. It is individual people engaging in actions such as investment, production, exchange, and consumption. Thus regulatory control of an economy is control of people freely choosing and performing peaceful actions intended to improve the material conditions of their lives. (Redress of force and fraud are not economic regulation but rather matters of criminal or civil justice.)"