reply to post by B.Morrison
These things will work in any capitalist driven country where people are fighting against privatization.....
This is probably the greatest lie ever told to us by the elite!
What is happening in the world today has NOTHING to do with "Capitalism" or for that matter "Free Market" it is "Corporatism" or more precisely
"Oligarchy" a form of government in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. Socialism, Communism, Marxism, or Corporatism ALL
end up as an Oligarchy. Only with Capitalism with its basis grounded in individual freedom and property rights is there any hope of not devolving
into some form of Oligarchy.
As usual to defend my statement I am going to write a book.
However this is probable THE most important concept we as a free people must
understand since it is the one principle that must be trashed and ground into the dust if the elite are to win.
Capitalism and the Free Market
This is a matter of the meaning of words. TPTB are very very good at naming a skunk, Rose and slavery, Freedom. "The Patriot Act" which tramples
the heck out of the US Constitution or "the Food Safety
Modernization Act" that is guaranteed to promote very unsafe food are prime
examples. See: HACCP
about why our food here in the USA is unsafe. And also
Shielding the Giant: The USDA's “Don't Look, Don't
for an example of Corporatism in action.
The "Free Market" concept has ZERO to do with the atrocity that is called a "Free Market" by the Transnationals. Please bare with me as I try to
put my thoughts into words since there are several parts to the puzzle.
First a definition of "Free Market"
WHAT IS THE FREE MARKET?
The free market is a summary term for an array of exchanges that take place in society. Each exchange is undertaken as a voluntary agreement between
two people or between groups of people represented by agents. These two individuals (or agents) exchange two economic goods, either tangible
commodities or nontangible services.
.....But exchanges are not necessarily free. Many are coerced. If a robber threatens you with “Your money or your life,” your payment to
him is coerced and not voluntary, and he benefits at your expense. It is robbery, not free markets, that actually follows the mercantilist model: the
robber benefits at the expense of the coerced. Exploitation occurs not in the free market, but where the coercer exploits his victim. In the long run,
coercion is a negative-sum game that leads to reduced production, saving, and investment, a depleted stock of capital, and reduced productivity and
living standards for all....
So why do I claim the so called "free Market" of the World Trade Organization is an "atrocity" and not a free exchange of goods???
Here is one example of how WTO "Free Market" exchanges are not necessarily free but are coerced.
GGM food must be allowed into Europe, WTO rules
By Stephen Castle in Brussels 8 February 2006
Europe faces new pressure to open its markets to genetically-modified food from the US after the World Trade Organization ruled that the EU broke
international rules with its moratorium on new licenses.
A lengthy and complex preliminary ruling from the WTO said that a de facto Europe-wide ban, which prevented new corn, cotton and soybean products from
entering the European market, was not based on scientific concerns....
In most European countries there is acute suspicion of GM technology....
"A VOLUNTARY agreement between two people or between groups of people represented by agents????"
The US food system is rigged... the FDA’ “Food Czar,” Michael Taylor, [is] a former Monsanto employee.
Taylor, the senior advisor to the Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration, (DHHS) and strong supporter of Codex Alimentarius, worked for a
law firm hired by Monsanto that drafted and submitted the policy brief/outline justifying GMO food for approval to the USDA. GMO foods were later
introduced into the US food system as “equivalent to normal foods,” or words to that effect, with no labeling requirements during the 1990’s.
The multi-national GM seed manufacturers refused to label GMO products because (1) they knew liability might consume them if links were ever
established that their GM food harmed humans and (2) because few consumers would buy their products if a GM label was on the package.
Therefore, neither they, the WHO, FAO, FDA, nor the so-called “international food standard”—Codex Alimentarius —are about food or food
If you believe that I have this
bridge I want to sell.....
On to "Capitalism" and small vs large business.
Anyone who has dealt with livestock knows there is an "optimum size" For example human giants die early. The optimum size for equines is about 58
inches or 14 hands 2 inches. SURPRISE - this is the historical size of the Arabian, the Morgan, the Quarter Horse and the
, a versatile horse originating in the Austrian Alps.
Businesses are the same:
US Small Business Administration states:
* Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
* Employ just over half of all private sector employees.
* Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
* Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.
* Create more than half of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).
* Hire 40 percent of high tech workers (such as scientists, engineers, and computer programmers).
* Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
* Made up 97.3 percent of all identified exporters and produced 30.2 percent of the known export value in FY 2007.
* Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms; these patents are twice as likely as large firm patents to be
among the one percent most cited.
...Typically small businesses are more flexible, creative, nimble, innovative, and responsive. By proportion small companies deal with fewer
challenges and incur less cost. Small companies are more open to change and can get things done faster. Because they are not mired down in a lot of
bureaucracy they have the ability to ... quickly implement a plan of action. Speedy implementation leads to quick and measurable results.
How many times have we heard that large farms are more productive than small farms, and that we need to consolidate land holdings to take advantage of
that greater productivity and efficiency? The actual data shows the opposite --
small farms produce far more per acre or hectare than large farms.
.....Large farmers tend to plant monocultures because they are the simplest to manage with heavy machinery. Small farmers, especially in the Third
World, are much more likely to plant crop mixtures -- intercropping -- where the empty space between the rows is occupied by other crops. They usually
combine or rotate crops and livestock, with manure serving to replenish soil fertility.
Such integrated farming systems produce far more per unit area than do monocultures. Though the yield per unit area of one crop -- corn, for example
-- may be lower on a small farm than on a large monoculture farm, the total production per unit area, often composed of more than a dozen crops and
various animal products, can be far higher.....
Small Farms in Economic Development
In farming communities dominated by large corporate farms, nearby towns died off....
Where family farms predominated, there were more local businesses, paved streets and sidewalks, schools, parks, churches, clubs, and newspapers,
better services, higher employment, and more civic participation. Recent studies confirm that Goldschmidt’s findings remain true.....
So the data shows that "small" has the economic advantage over “large” therefore WHY do we have transnational firms????
The stock answer is "Economy of scale" But that really does not pass the smell test.
In a small business the owner knows what is going on and a decent firm promotes the free exchange of ideas between workers, customers and upper
management. For example at Lowes Hardware ALL management spends time on the floor as a sales clerk on a regular basis. They are now taking business
away from Home Depot. because they have remained in touch with their customers and employees.
Second as a firm grows it adds layers of management, “Policies and Procedures” reports and tons of other paperwork.
To level the playing field ISO [International Standards Organization] was introduced.
In the mid 1980's I went to one of the first seminars on ISO 9000 offered in the USA. As someone entering the field a few years before, I thought it
sounded pretty good and said so to my seat-mate from Russia. His scathing reply blew me away “We had same system in Soviet Union. It did not
work. It produce paper not quality”
Years later Scott Dalgleish, finally put into words what all of us QC types knew.
Dalgleish contends that ISO 9000 misdirects resources to an overabundance of paperwork that does almost nothing to make products better, while
fostering complacency among top management and quality professionals alike. The recent conversion to the 2000 version of the standard has only made
things worse, he says. While ISO 9000:2000 has almost no effect on how good companies operate, it requires huge amounts of time for document revision
that could better be spent on real quality improvement, he believes.
Probing the Limits: ISO 9001 Proves Ineffective
I'm wondering if there might be a silent majority of Quality readers out there on the topic of ISO 9000. The response to my July editorial,
"Eliminate ISO 9000?," was the heaviest that we have received in some time. I got lots of e-mails from readers about the piece, which reported the
views of Scott Dalgleish, a quality professional who has been publicly critical of the impact of ISO 9000 on manufacturers, and has suggested that
companies eliminate ISO 9000 altogether from their quality management systems.
Many of the responses were quite articulate, and some were humorous and entertaining. You can read a sampling in this month's Quality Mailbag
department on p. 12.
One thing that struck me about the letters I received is that almost all expressed some level of agreement with Dalgleish, particularly on issues
related to excessive ISO 9000 documentation requirements. As you'll see in the Mailbag department, one reader even said that his company has already
dropped its ISO 9001 certification with no apparent negative effects.
What surprised me is that the July editorial elicited no ardent rebuttals in defense of ISO 9000.
Yet many companies still require their vendors to be “ISO certified”
The next method of “Leveling the playing field” is REGULATION!
...Jadwiga and I were able to address a meeting with the Brussels-based committee responsible for negotiating Poland’s agricultural terms of
entry into the EU....
I explained to the attendant body that in a Country where 22 percent of the working population are involved in agriculture, and the majority on small
farms, it would not be a good idea to follow the same regime as had been operated in the UK and other EU member countries, in which
‘restructuring’ agriculture had involved throwing the best farmers off the land and amalgamating their farms into large scale monocultural
After clearing her throat and leaning slowly forward, the chair-lady said: “I don't think you understand what EU policy is... it will be necessary
to shift around one million farmers off the land...
There in a nutshell you have the whole tragic story of the clinically instigated demise of European farming over the past three
decades. .... a lady from Portugal, who rather quietly remarked that since Portugal joined the European Union, 60 percent of small farmers
had already left the land. “The European Union is simply not interested in small farms,” she said....
Farmers,... suddenly find themselves heavily controlled by EU and national officialdom brandishing that most vicious of anti-entrepreneurial weapons:
‘sanitary and hygiene regulations’ ... These are the hidden weapons of mass destruction of farmers and the main tool for achieving the CAP’s aim
of ridding the countryside of small- and medium-sized family farms and replacing them with monocultural money-making agribusiness.
....That ’game’ was all too familiar to me. Spend hours out of your working day filling in endless forms, filing maps and measuring every last
inch of your fields, tracks and farmsteads; applying for ‘passports’ for your cattle and ear tags for your sheep and pigs; re-siting the slurry
pit and putting stainless steel and washable tiles on the dairy walls; becoming versed in HASAP hygiene and sanitary rules and applying them where any
food processing was to take place; and living under the threat of convictions and fines should one put a finger out of place or be late in supplying
some official details...
Already by 2005, 65 percent of regional milk and meat processing factories had been forced to close because they ‘failed’ (read couldn’t afford)
to implement the prescribed sanitary standards. Some 70 percent of small slaughter houses have also suffered the same fate. Farmers increasingly have
nowhere to go to sell their cattle, sheep, pigs and milk. Exactly as has happened to UK farmers, Polish farmers are now being forced out of business
by the covert and overt destruction of the infrastructure which supports their profession.... www.i-sis.org.uk...
Another method of killing small business is “Subsidies.”
In the USA and Europe taxpayer money is paid to farmers for “commodity
crops” This means these crops can be sold by the international grain traders at well below production costs. This vastly under-priced grain is the
reason livestock confinement operations can compete with grass-fed family owned farms and it is the reason third world farmers are bankrupted by the
likes of Cargill and Monsanto. The whole strategy paid for by US and EU tax payers. - A "free exchange of goods"???
The last reason is the most important, hardest to explain and substantiate.
Fractional Reserve Banking
Gresham's Law is commonly stated as: "Bad money drives out good"
This is what happened to "Capitalism" One definition of Capitalism is reinvesting WEALTH to produce more WEALTH. Fiat money is NOT wealth and
Fractional Reserve Banking
replaces the reinvestment of wealth with the expansion of fiat currency.
That expansion has caused the US dollar to lose 96% of its value. Value (or wealth) has been moved from Main Street to Wall Street as a result through
wage deflation and price inflation.
In 1976 A typical American CEO earned 36 times as much as the average worker. By 2008 the average CEO pay increased to 369 times that of the average
The best definition of Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property
is privately owned, and the government's role is to PROTECT those rights for EVERYONE not just the privileged few.
Therefore Capitalism, as stated above, is a free exchange of goods and services.
However with governments forcing Fractional Reserve Banking upon society all of a sudden a group of people (Bankers) are
trading useless slips of paper or worse a few key strokes for huge amounts of good, services and labor!
Buddies of the bankers can now "borrow" large quantities of these useless slips of paper and use them to completely disrupt the normal flow of
January 29, 1989
LEVERAGED BUYOUTS: AMERICAN
PAYS THE PRICE
"....These days, corporations seem to exist for the investment bankers....
In fact, investment banks are replacing the publicly held industrial corporations as the largest and most powerful economic institutions in
THERE ARE SIGNS THAT A VICIOUS spiral has begun, as each corporate player seeks to improve its standard of living at the expense of
another's. Corporate raiders transfer to themselves, and other shareholders, part of the income of employees by forcing the latter to agree to lower
In a "leveraged" buyout a Corporate Raider BORROWS
fiat money to buy stock. He is using the corporation HE DOES NOT OWN as COLLATERAL
for the loan.
If todays "Capitalists"
had to use real wealth
that is an accumulation of the good/services THEY produced, and not fiat
currency printed by criminal bankers, if the government did not play favorites "TOO BIG TO FAIL"
then all ovf society would
benefit from REAL CAPITALISM!
...Jonah Goldberg explains that our capitalist system itself is the most valuable national asset we've got.
Capitalism is the greatest system ever created for alleviating general human misery, and yet it breeds ingratitude.
People ask, “Why is there poverty in the world?” It’s a silly question. Poverty is the default human condition. It is the factory preset of this
mortal coil. As individuals and as a species, we are born naked and penniless, bereft of skills or possessions. Likewise, in his civilizational
infancy man was poor, in every sense. He lived in ignorance, filth, hunger, and pain, and he died very young, either by violence or disease.
The interesting question isn’t “Why is there poverty?” It’s “Why is there wealth?” Or: “Why is there prosperity here but not
At the end of the day, the first answer is capitalism, rightly understood. That is to say: free markets, private property, the spirit of
entrepreneurialism and the conviction that the fruits of your labors are your own....
That part is correct and from there on we get the usual TPTB/Banker lies twisted into the true.