Free Market? The only time that ever came close to existence is probably during the early stage of this nation’s founder’s time. I mean, the whole basis for revolution was that, taxation without representation to the King, Monarch, Big-Bank, Big-Government, and Big-Corporation who wish to control their lives. They armed themselves to reserve their right to revolt again, if they have to. The citizens then were a lot more informed and aware of things than those of us today. Do we have true free market today? … absolutely not. The term is just passed around to conceal the fact that some are privileged with more access to wealth, influence and power than others. You can call them the “invisible government”.
Over the years, businessmen and corporations have been merging in one form or another, further monopolizing the global industry and eliminating their non-cooperating competitors. They have realized that they could work together to establish and maintain collective power, and that they could work with governments (or rally enough to overthrow governments that wouldn’t cooperate with them) to establish rules which would be mutually beneficial and allow both to share power over everyone else.
They’ve basically functioned as mutual beneficiaries, partners in upholding established hierarchies of power. Some governments have more power and influence over corporations (call them socialist aka big government) and some corporations have more power and influence over governments (aka capitalist), but there’s nothing ‘free’ about any of this. In fact, they both protect each other’s interest. Even though, some governments are democratically elected, the choices are limited to those who support the basic structure of power. Meaning, regardless who is in charge, powerful corporations and bureaucrats will maintain and remain in power. Over the years, they have gradually granted access to power and wealth to some, and provided credit to the mass to consume and feel a sense of wealth just to avert an all out revolution. However, the general power structure remains in their hands while making the mass slowly poor and destitute.
The majority of workers and citizens of the globe have minimal ownership and influence over the processes which affect and govern their lives. This will always inevitably lead to instability, since unchecked power, whether in the form of (Government) or (Corporation), will always prove to be destructive to the lives of individuals.
“The real menace of our republic is the “invisible” government which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over our city, state and nation.”
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
Thomas Jefferson 1802
This election gives us a unique opportunity to challenge the status quo, the “invisible” government. It may or may not result in change, but by electing the “outsider” of the two candidates, oh yes “that” one (next best thing to a third candidate), we will send a clear message to those behind the scene. Keep in mind that, those who seek to control “us” will use all sorts of ways to divide us via religion, race, ideological or any other differences they may find in “us”.
The best way out of this is to educate and empower the mass with knowledge. Empower all people and enable them to take ownership and be active agents in the forces that affect their lives.