Annoying Peasant on the Dogma of Free Market Advocates
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The current paradigm has failed. – George Soros
For all the free market addicts you might as well move on as I will be writing about your nemesis, George Soros. Run away! Run away! That’s a Monty Python joke. If you laughed at that, you know you are in the right place. There is a great scene in the film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is captured on YouTube under the name, Annoying Peasant. That’s what I am, an annoying peasant who knows quite abit about the way of the world. The analogy I like in this bit is that the peasants are working the land and living their lives (think localization) when Arthur turns up and expects them to know he is the King of the Britains and then berates them for their lack of acknowledgment and subservience. Watch this, then continue reading below the clip.
That was most refreshing. The film was made in 1975 right after the end of the Viet Nam war and President Nixon resigning because he was caught having his “mechanics” break into the Democrat National Committee’s headquarters – otherwise known as, Watergate. The Python got this skit supremely correct. There are those people in the world who lord themselves over the masses thinking they have the answer literally to everything and they are entitled to having their way. Free market addicts are some such people. They claim there is no alternative to free market economics. Fact is, there is no “free market” and they know it. The markets are largely controlled by central banking oligarchs who move the money around, fund all sorts of loans and wars, and collude with the multinational corporations. It’s a big crap game where these folks operate like the Mafia. The goal of the oligarchs and free market addicts is consolidation of power in the hands of the few to control everything. When you hear the Republicans and Libertarians state emphatically that they want smaller government — that’s code for free market principles. They don’t want me or you running things. They don’t want an open society where we can do our own thing and embrace our personal freedom. No, they want everyone to be a stakeholder in their free market game.
Manipulation is a fascinating subject. I have written much about it. What is classic in nearly all manipulation is the use of language to hoodwink the victim or target. Misrepresentation, disinformation, hyperbole, minimization, obfuscation, insults, slights, and half-lies are all tools in the manipulators tool bag. For example, the Koch Brothers call their front groups things like: FREEDOM WORKS and AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY. Wow, they sound like true patriots, real Americans. They want us to be free and prosperous, right? But the reality is these are front organizations used to spread propaganda and engage in lobbying for less regulation so they can run their businesses with little or no oversight. Their groups regularly attack the EPA, back well-funded efforts in state governments to break unions and eliminate public education. That sounds like an attack on freedom and prosperity, not the other way around. If you have read my book you know the first thing I talk about is how the narcissist is a contrary person. They say one thing, and do another.
Why do I pick on the Koch brothers? Because they are presently highly active in state and federal government issues. They are the 4th wealthiest on Forbes list this year and are spending money like there is no tomorrow. The Walker debacle in Wisconsin — all Koch related. They have vowed openly to destroy Obama as reported in a August 30, 2010 expose, Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama, by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker magazine. Read it online here.
The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests.
Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.
There are other very wealthy people who are nothing like the Kochs. In fact, they are quite the opposite. They want financial regulation so as to avoid another global collapse. They favor social programs to help the poor, elderly, disabled and disadvantaged. They want to support alternative energy. They support an open society where media is not run by giant corporations.
Open Society is a term used by George Soros, a major capitalist and a liberal – Run away! Run Away! Mr. Soros has written many books on economics and global capitalism, two of which are very instructive: Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism pub. 2000, and The Crisis in Global Capitalism pub. 1998. Both are available in the Asheham Bookstore.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
I am thrilled to learn that George Soros is spending $50 million dollars to sponsor a major economic conference with 200 academic, business and government policy thought leaders from around the world.
INET, Institute for New Economic Thinking, is pleased to announce that it will hold its annual conference April 8-11, 2011 at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the scene of the great conference that established a renewed global economic architecture as World War II drew to a close. Bretton Woods link, click here
Open Society Foundation – http://www.soros.org/
A Capitalist Crticises Capitalism – http://www.worldsocialism.org/articles/capitalist_criticises_capitalism.php