Market Socialism

Following passage of Obama’s heath care bill, now that the shouting, accusations and threats are quieting, time to take a breath. First and foremost, it is a progressive and positive moment in US history that we have finally joined the ranks of developed nations by embracing universal health care. That said, one may be excused from skepticism expecting from this legislation much more than the results of other government/corporate initiatives. Historically, lavish campaign contributions to both sides of the aisle from business sectors and corporations purchased for them the three Ps, profits, privilege and person hood — along with a spectacular lack of oversight as to where the money goes at the expense of mere natural persons. The prescient need look no farther than what the Janus-faced, Yewessian hustle has achieved for the auto, petroleum, defense and construction/real estate businesses for a hint of what is in store.
Consider the US city’s “successes.” Counted in millions of acres of arable land “developed” into quarter acre lots, our system provides shelter, sure, but at incalculable costs to health and the environment. Our unsustainable one-trick-pony transportation “system” is joined at the hip with the oil and defense businesses, supported and financed by your labor in the form of taxes. The lavish subsidies, military protection, allowances and write-offs pioneered by Standard Oil’s John Rockefeller and others have and continue to pillage the US treasury and your household budget at the expense of other cleaner, safer modes of transportation.
In the absence of a substantive threat, the US “defense” system has become a costly update of the same sort of financially ruinous military excess that has brought down every nation that embraced empire status. Remember that the American Revolution was sparked not so much by the Crown but rather the British East India Company, a forerunner of firms like Halliburton. The U S’s current version justifies complicated, costly weapons systems hawked under an illusion of “defending” an Orwellian version of “freedom” from the impotent, ragged “enemies” the monied elites perennially create as pretexts for messy conflicts disguised as “wars” fought for the resources required for our land-fill lifestyle. The financial sector needs no explication.
Since “free markets” and “socialism” are routinely trotted out in the same breath, an uncolored look at either may render clarity to both. The people have been harped and lectured about the sanctity of the sacred “free market” for the term to warrant an eleventh Commandment. But when one finds and applies the appropriate dictionary definition of “socialism” to the United States, i.e. “unequal distribution of goods and pay for according to work done,” a child can see that today’s “free markets” translate to the socialism for corporate “persons” on a titanic scale. Massive, unconscionable state-enforced greed has forced mere humans to buck-up for corporate excess while walking a tight-rope to simply survive.
The Big Lie is that the markets operate within a sort of Darwinian milieu, i.e. the strong and capable make it and the weak perish. By that reckoning the list of corporate casualties should be much, much longer than it is. “Too big to fail” has taken on a new dimension, less like a “free market” and more like your bookie paying you to lose at Vegas — twice. “Corporate persons” as well as the natural persons who cooked the latest mess up were not only rescued from their failings they were rewarded for it with idealogical support from “Christian” free market sycophants who frequently disdain and denigrate mere humans who have taken bad turns, that mere mortals alone should bear the results of errors and decisions made above their control.
Blue Cross Blue Shield illustrates perfectly where the unfolding health care monster is going, a “private”, systemic, government-backed monopoly much like the auto/petroleum/defense hydra. BCBS’s uncovered, repeated lust for profits such as sticking it to the N.C. Division of Prisons for inmate care illustrate the point. Imprint a health overlay onto the transportation model and one gets a reasonable view of the new health care plan coming our way.
I can’t speak about the insurance sector but I am quite familiar with the pharm business, courtesy of a few years out in the ‘Park an AV tech … just another invisible guy in a black suit, laughing inwardly at the impossible confluence of this curious kitty-cat tasked with videotaping internal meetings. Those schmucks accidentally told me everything, a litany of outrage I am happy to divulge to anyone willing to listen. The short story is through legislative infiltration Pharm corporations have ended up influencing US health care to the degree they and the AMA have become indistinguishable. The pharm-monsters are drooling at the potential, displayed by recent up-ticks in pharmaceutical stocks. Think of the profits when heath care recipients are funneled into certain types of medical care and meds via behind the scenes machinations.
The artificial, vertical divisions of society so valued by the elites, illustrated best by politics and ethnicity, are utilized as forms of social control and serve to obscure the actual relevant, (and celebrated) horizontal divisions best illustrated by quantities of money. A cursory look at how the various sectors of the population fared during the last few years should shine a light on both the size of the lie and the falsity of the party lines.
It will take constant and close scrutiny as the health bill enfolds if we are to escape the pillages formerly exhibited in prior, similar programs. Is a plea for consistency out of line?

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