10. Economically, this is a Free Market Society. (The Free Market Fallacy)
There is no free market and never has been, even under the rule of the deregulating, neo-liberal state. A completely free market system would
self-destruct in no time. Because it can, by definition, only care for its individual vested interests and not for the good of the whole system,
capitalism needs constant saving from itself by the state. The capitalist state has always been there to massively support, gently oversee, subsidize
and bail out the capitalist economy in countless ways, not only in times of crisis. Corporate and middle class welfare is actually its main game. The
state helps capital privatise the profits and socialise the costs. It provides the physical infrastructure, educational development of the ‘human
capital' and picks up the immense social, health and environmental costs of the latter's wrecking balls. All this happens whether the state is
neo-liberal or social democratic (Keynesian) in nature.
11. Wars of aggression and military humanitarian interventions are foreign policy mistakes or blunders. (The Mistaken Foreign Policy Fallacy)
They are not mistakes. Official humanitarian aims are pretexts. Initially, they are planned military interventions for geo-strategic, financial,
ideological gain or (in Australia's case) as mercenary down payments on alliance insurance policies. The so-called ‘mistakes' or ‘blunders' are
usually military and financial over-reaches and misjudgements of popular resistance. Millions of innocent civilians and duped soldiers die or are
maimed or displaced in the process.
12. World peace is possible without world social justice. (The Peace Fallacy)
When the rich 20% of the world lay claim to about 80% of the world's resources, leaving the poor 80% with 20% of the resources and billions in
poverty, there can be no lasting peace until this exploitative imbalance and historical injustice are redressed.
13. Capitalism can function without growing infinitely. (The Natural Capitalism Fallacy)
When capital ceases growing, it ceases being capital and reverts to being mere money. Capital must accumulate and expand to survive. Nothing like this
exists in nature except perhaps certain forms of virus.
14. There can be infinite growth within a finite world. (The Growth Fallacy)
A fallacy obvious to any pre-schooler but not to economists, politicians and their media pundits.
15. Capitalism and this planet are compatible. (The Business as Usual Fallacy)
I rest my case.
SOURCE = www.zcommunications.org...
[edit on 20-1-2010 by delta9cannabinol]