People refer to low wages paid by corporations as theft. They're right.
But I'm not talking about money -- I'm talking about the force that makes a free market the most efficient and powerful type of economy there is: information. The beauty of a free market is that every dollar spent communicates an array of information all at once -- demand and supply foremost among them, wit each containing subsets of information that tell just how much effort should be put out for anything ranging from transport to the size of a local shoe store.
The United States has fallen into an ongoing crisis, where the economy is sickly. The sickness is ignored, or worse, unnoticed, by those with an abundance of money, because they have so much they can't tell that the whole is suffering. The sickliness is blamed on many things, but one aspect that is absolutely vital has never, that I've seen, been cited: the transfer of information by the exchange of money. Very simply, when there is no money to exchange, information doesn't flow, and the economy ails.
Right now, there are great demands in the United States that aren't even being addressed by the economy. Supply-siders will deny this, but they're doing the same thing that the scarcity of money is doing -- lying. When someone spends money on a thing, he is indeed communicating a demand for that thing, but when there are another dozen things he had to give up to choose that one, his purchase is a lie by omission: no dollar is telling any manufacturer, "This is wanted!" So manufacturers don't make those things (or at least not as many as are really demanded), which means no one is employed to make them, nor to sell them -- so that a great number of people -- including the owners of factories -- are deprived of wealth, both in goods and in wages.
The only solution to this is that those paid so little that they must choose among not just wants but needs must be paid more. Those who refuse to do so, but instead shove money into profits, have stolen the economy, by means of lying. Until the lies stop, until the information can flow as dollars, we don't have a free market, we have a distorted, lying market.
After all, the concept of a free market rests on everyone being able to trade freely -- but when the majority lack anything to trade except for a bare minimum of goods, no one is trading freely, they're trading on the basis of scarcity.