What's the appropriate polemical strategy against "free market"?
Yves is right; the phrase would make Goebbels proud. What phrase should we use instead?
IIRC from ECONned, neo-liberal propagandists drove out laissez faire with "free market." And if you think about it, that ideology that "free market" implies has also rotted the health care debate; and the whole "nudge" thing is neo-liberalism gussied up with new techniques to manipulate consumerism with data-driven and observational techniques that enable more efficient rent collection.
But what's an appropriate polemical strategy? I'm thinking there need to be two tasks: One is to debunk the term; the second, and harder, is to create a new one that will begin to usurp the same semantic space.
1. Free market can be debunked with shudder quotes -- the so-called "free market" (then throw in a link to Simon Johnson on oligarchy).
2. As for the new term... Damned if I know. But it really is the issue, isn't it? After all, we do have Elizabeth Warren proclaiming that "I love capitalism!" with the implication that what we're experiencing has nothing to do with capitalism. But we also have the whole experience of the 20th century, that to my mind shows that all the posited alternatives to capitalism were worse. And then we have a great number of local experiments, especially centering on Maslow's hierarchy stuff like food and shelter, that are indeed markets.... And then what do we tell the 50-year-old flipping burgers to pay off their debt? Join the food co-op, they've got argula?
The "free market" is a corrosive ideology; but we need not only to invent a term, but a vision....