Saturday :: Jun 27, 2009

Open Thread

by Mary

I see that Senator Jim DeMint is placing his faith in the unregulated free market when coming up with a conservative "plan" for fixing health care. The answer? Vouchers.

The touching devotion to the efficacy of the free market reminded me of this quote from The Shock Doctrine which reveals what it actually takes to "free" the market.

Since the fall of Communism, free markets and free people have been packaged as a signle ideology that claims to be humanity's best and only defense against repeating a history filled with mass graves, killing fields and torture chambers. Yet in the Southern Cone [South America], the first place where the contemporary religion of unfettered free markets escaped from the basement workshops of the University of Chicago and was applied in the real world, it did not bring democracy; it was predicated on the overthrow of democracy in country after country. And it did not bring peace but required the systematic murder of tens of thousands and the torture of between 100,000 and 150,000 people.

Amazing what effect this philosophy has proven to have in advancing humanity's condition.

Mary :: 12:00 AM :: Comments (6) :: Digg It!