Free markets: Markets dominated by the financial and propertied classes whose objective is to secure all discretionary income for themselves, ultimately by asset stripping, leaving the economy without freedom of choice except to pay the rentier class.
Capitalism: The term used to describe the social system based on promoting the accumulation of capital. Long used mainly as an economic invective, the term only recently has become more glorified by neoliberals, referring mainly to finance capitalism.
Unlike psychological terminology—which consists mainly of terms of invective (try to think of a desirable personality complex)—today’s economic vocabulary is euphemistic. One rarely hears the terms “rentier” or “usury” that played so central a role in the debates of past centuries.
The new cost-of-living index proposed in Obama’s latest budget is really a means to push lower living standards on people who need Social Security, University of Missouri economist Michael Hudson says.
Leaving the gold standard in 1971 meant the U.S. was free to manage its money supply to prevent deflation and “truly damaging levels of inflation.” But mainstream economists, led by the free-market Chicago School, have ignored this fact, leaving the public’s fate to the caprices of markets for decades.