Rentier capitalism

Rentier capitalism is a term currently used to describe the belief in economic practices of monopolization of access to any kind of property (physical, financial, intellectual, etc.) and gaining significant amounts of profit without contribution to society.[1][2][3]

The origins of the term are unclear; it is compatible with Marxist conceptions of surplus value extraction, yet the combination of words "rentier capitalism" were never used by Karl Marx himself.

Modern economists agree that the power dynamics of the rentier-tenant relationship are oppressive,[4][5] but capitalist theories such as the natural "euthanasia of the rentier" famously put forth by John Maynard Keynes have been abandoned in light of the increase in rent-seeking behavior seen over the past century.[6][7][8]


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