Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I am hearing various learned and rich defenders of capitalism saying how we don't have any evidence that government can solve blah blah blah. Now we are giving them hundreds of billions. All of their laissez-faire blather is starting to ring hollow. When are we going to realize that there is a class of people that have simply found ways to game the system. They are not interested in free exchange of goods and services. They are interested in manipulating the markets to their advantage, getting government handouts, obtaining monopolies, etc. Yet they self-righteously preach free market fundamentalism. What a bunch of dupes we are. They get us to buy into this system by giving us a bunch of shiny crap and gizmos--corian countertops, iCrap, cars, junk food, McMansions, energy drinks, giant tv screens, etc., and make us go into debt to get them and eventually we cling desperately to their lies, go without healthcare, education, arts, etc. They somehow have used some deep-seated anti-communist feeling to cut off any discussion of how the private and public sphere should interact, as if the only options are extreme laissez-faire capitalism and totalitarian communism. There are some countries that have established pretty decent balances between government expenditure and free markets. Can you stinky post-Milton Frieburgites shut up already. We're not interested in your false religion. We don't need the super-rich on this planet. All they do is hoard and hog and then con us unto believing that any little scrap (or crap) that we have is because of their largesse. They corrupt our morals by making us covet their sick lifestyles, and forego any kind of happy productive life while we desperately try to ape them, dreaming of someday having "passive incomes" like them.