Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Double Feature: What is (& is NOT) FREE TRADE? What is MONEY?
Question from a Punks 4 Ron Paul reader:
"While I appreciate your viewpoints and support of the only real candidate (as I see it ) on the right, I would like to see how you respond to this opinion that I have on Libertariansim.
Libertarians are so for freedom that they shy away from restricting the free market. Ironically, it is the free market that is the biggest source of our oppression.Unregulated capitalism creates an atmosphere where the rich are free to invest their capital to make even more capital (the poor do not have that option) and have the capability to create infinite wealth if they are wise in their investments. The poor only have the option of working hard and hoping to catch a break somewhere. This is the atmosphere that has created the huge multinational corporations that seem to rule the world and act in the interest of profit before people (and yes, even personal liberty). The free market is what allows military contractors to profit from war, and therefore use their wealth to create it for, in turn, more profit. I don't need to lecture you on all the injustices of the world, I am sure you are well aware of them, but I think libertarians too often place the blame on big government, rather than big money. The problem as I see it is that the government, yes, is too big, but that it represents the interests of the corporations and the wealthy who almost always work against the interests of the people. Our government was set up to represent the people, and if it truly did it would not matter how big the government was because it would always be acting in our interests. Instead, governments from both Republican and Democratic Presidents and congress have bent over backwards to appease their campaign supporters who are, naturally, rich. And we all know who the rich of this country is comprised of.
As a punk rocker and former Anarchist, I was forced to recognize at one point in my life that although the government is the source of our oppression, it was set up to represent us and therfore can be infiltrated by us. It is easier to pass a law, say, telling corporations that they can't put poison in our food, then it is to inform the mass public that there is poison in our food and that they should boycott the producer. Especially when the media also caters to the same money influence as our government. I feel like our best hope is for public financing of elections. Obviously, something that would have to come from taxes which you may or may not (don't want to assume your position) agree with. It is the only way to ensure that the government answers to the people and not the corporations who finance them (currently). We also have to de-privatize our electoral system, another area where I believe that the free market is acting against our interests.
Am I over-looking something?
Have you ever encountered any of these articles? What do you think about the idea that the phrase "free trade" has been hijacked and is used as an Orwellian double-speak, cognitive dissonance sort-of-way?
Check out these links on the difference between what is called "free trade" but is actually "managed trade" and anything but free!
NAFTA, WTO, "FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS" VS. FREE TRADE:
Let me tell you what I think of when I think of “free trade.” I think of my dream cottage industry. I have always wanted to be able to bake cookies from my home and sell them. I am not kidding. I am good at it and I’ve always wanted to be able to do it. I am a mother of one child and I wanted to have a cottage industry so I wouldn’t have to pay someone to care for him 5 days a week. I also wanted to homeschool him, so a cottage industry would be perfect.
When I did the research on what is required to proceed with my plan “legally” I found out that I would need to have access to a “certified kitchen” either my own or someone elses. It costs somewhere around $1000 to do this. There are all kinds of other permits and fees (and multiple agencies) to comply with all these regulations. The start-up cost for this is prohibitive. Going to a bank for a loan (of federal reserve notes, which brings up the question “what is money”) is just another form of indentured servitude. The banks are then in control of my life and the economy, not me or “the people.”
I posted a little about this on my BLOG recently:
If you read the article on my BLOG and one or more of the articles on “free trade” that I’ve posted above, then get back to me if you have any other questions and concerns. I’d love to talk with you.
Thanx 4 the feedback!
One more thing:
You asked: "Am I over-looking something?"
Great question! I love people who can have a conversation!
The question I am starting to ask more and more people (as I have realized it more and more myself) is -
WHAT IS MONEY? I think we all need to be asking ourselves more and more.
I am totally open to all kinds of alternatives. The main point is that we Americans have got to start questioning our very monetary system itself!
I would urge you to watch one or both of these films. I really hope you will:
This Telly Award-winning documentary, which features presidential candidate RON PAUL, was inspired by the book, "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by well-known author, G. EDWARD GRIFFIN.
The MONOPOLY MEN (from the Phenomena Archives - fun show)
Sorry, I'm still processing your question. I'll stop answering after this, unless you want to continue:
"The free market is what allows military contractors to profit from war"
Is this the market/people or the "military [medical] industrial complex" that Eisenhower, himself, as he was leaving office, warned us about?