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CHAPTER 13 Setting the Rules of the Game

One of the most pernicious claims the corporatocracy makes is that business flourishes best in a perfectly “free” market. And when business flourishes, they say, all of society does better. It’s the old trickle-down philosophy that inevitably produces a nation of peons.

Always get suspicious when you see the words free market. Let’s go back to the story of Mrs. Flores, whom you met in chapter 2—the woman who lost her job at Levi Strauss when that venerable American company closed all of its factories here in the USA and moved them overseas.

Cons argue that “productivity” is responsible for the loss of American jobs. They love to quote nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo (1772–1823) as saying in ...

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