“Today’s economy is based on theft under the euphemism of ‘free enterprise,’ ” writes Michael Hudson in the first chapter of his new book “Finance Capitalism and its Discontents.” “It’s sometimes called ‘socialism for the rich’ because they receive most government subsidy. But it’s not the kind of socialism that people talked about a hundred years ago. It is a travesty of social democracy and socialism. In a word, it’s oligarchy.”
Economists predicted the fighting would last six months when World War I broke out in 1914. Wars were too expensive to be sustained, and the approaching fiscal cliffs would soon enough force the nations involved to negotiate a peace treaty. But they didn’t, because those governments simply printed more money, Michael Hudson writes in the first of a series at CounterPunch.