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Framing the Future by Bernie Horn

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CHAPTER 10Talking About the Economy

Don’t say free markets when you’re talking about the economy—say fair markets. This is the single most important piece of linguistic advice in this book.

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Conservative philosophy is wrapped in the language of radical free market economics. Freedom means laissez-faire policies. Opportunity means unregulated markets. Security means a military and police force to defend market assets, and just enough economic security for the masses to prevent a rebellion. It’s true that only the most rabid right-wingers would put it this way. But it is, nevertheless, a fair description of the free market ideology that conservatives use to justify their policies.

Mainstream economists know that the free market doesn’t ...

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