Free Market Economy

2q. Free Market Economy

The Global ‘free market economy’ is inherently an enemy to the natural world, to human health and freedom, to industrial workers, and to farmers and others in land-use economies; and furthermore, that it is inherently an enemy to good work and good economic practice.”

Wendell Berry

From top to bottom, first is the rise of what we now call capitalism itself, specifically how the presence of social dominance has become obscured by ‘free trade.’ All major historical economic systems since the Neolithic Revolution have been market-based in the sense that the root socioeconomic orientation of competition, exploitation, and scarcity has been dominant.

The molding of modern-day capitalism over time was inevitable as more complex labour roles and technology advanced. In this, the once-obvious social inequities and undemocratic power imbalance of early societies slowly became cloaked by the idealism of ‘free market democracy’. Unlike in earlier eras, which featured intolerant government monarchs, abject slavery, and other more primitive forms of dictatorial power and direct oppression, this new structure provided the needed illusion of democratic participation, rights, and freedom by structurally submerging social dominance within the mass competitive act of ‘free trade.’

The beauty of this means of social dominance is that it facilitates the pretense that totalitarianism doesn’t exist. Kings and regimes no longer wield total control over the lives of their subjects. Rather, power and wealth remain concentrated by way of the incentive for competitive advantage in the market – a business structure that is provably undemocratic and rigged to favor a small, transient minority in the same basic manner (yet obscured) by which a monarch once exerted control.”

The New Human Rights Movement, Peter Joseph

Make no mistake. The greatest destroyer of ecology. The greatest source of waste, depletion and pollution. The greatest purveyor of violence, war, crime, poverty, animal abuse and inhumanity. The greatest generator of personal and social neurosis, mental disorders, depression, anxiety. Not to mention the greatest source of social paralysis, stopping us from moving into new methodologies for personal health, global sustainability and progress on this planet, is not some corrupt government or legislation. Not some rogue corporation or banking cartel. Not some flaw of human nature and not some secret cabal that controls the world. It is the socioeconomic system itself at its very foundation.”

Peter Joseph, founder of The Zeitgeist Movement.

I could go on ad-infinitum providing examples of how our socioeconomic system of capitalism has not only failed – but has brought us all to the brink of disaster, but I want to concentrate on solutions. But first, let us look at the control systems that have allowed for this ridiculous state of affairs.

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