Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We're only in it for the money

"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."

~ Frank Zappa


  1. One more question for you. I just watched the Bill Clinton interview on the Colbert Report and the concept of "Growth" came up. He said that if you want American growth you should be altruistic and invest in improving the world as a whole to make American growth more effective. That kinda made my head spin. Thoughts?

  2. I think Bill Clinton is a stooge for neo-liberal globalism (see: NAFTA), so that sounds about right. Just (sorta) kidding.

    I was reading recently about northern abolitionist pamphleteers in the era preceding the US civil war employing economic arguments to sway the minds of common southern whites: if work you do to earn a living is replaced with slave labor you'll be out of a job.

    Contemporary application: the low prices enjoyed at WalMart have an insidiously high real cost. By exploiting cheap labor markets around the globe we undermine ourselves. Free all the slaves, everybody up (US included).

    <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi#Non-cooperation>Gandhi</a> provided a pretty good template for overcoming exploitation: homegrown industry, non-cooperation, non-violence, peaceful resistance, emancipation of the oppressed.