our mixed-economy of capitalism, socialism, and government regulation
I consider government regulation simply to be a part of the social side of the mix. Our elected representatives and administrators are supposed to control the means of production
through taxation, regulation, and legislation.
De-regulation, more often than not, comes from the capital side.
The book Laissez Faire and the General-Welfare State states:
The physiocrats, reacting against the excessive mercantilist regulations of the France of their day, expressed a belief in a "natural order" or liberty under which individuals in following their selfish interests contributed to the general good. Since, in their view, this natural order functioned successfully without the aid of government, they advised the state to restrict itself to upholding the rights of private property and individual liberty, to removing all artificial barriers to trade, and to abolishing all useless laws.