Archive for May, 2009

Why You Are Here

Posted in Goodfather on May 8, 2009 by daveroom

Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here because you know something. What you know may not be fully actionable. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life – that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what exactly it is, but it’s there. Sometimes it’s a splinter in your mind, driving you batty. Other times, it’s a memory stored so remotely that as much as you reach you can’t quite put a finger on it. It is this feeling that has brought you here.

Some recognize it as progress or economic development, focusing their attention and adulation on technology advances and wealth creation. Some promote it as laissez-faire economics, and celebrate its supposed trickle-down nature. Others glorify it as globalization or vilify it as the global economic system. Economists call it the materials economy. Some label it oxymoronically “free trade” and some of those suggest we need a bit more “fair trade”. Still others revile it as disaster capitalism. Some think it reflects neo-conservative or otherwise nefarious plots to control the planet’s resources. Others see it as the logical course of neoliberal thinking. We are all dependent on it. It is the proverbial elephant in every room.

I think you have a sense of what I’m talking about. Later, I will tell you more about what it is. For now, suffice to say that it is the natural progression of a set of values that underlie the dominant culture. It has evolved into a self reinforcing system – a virtual machine – that provides virtually all of the things we need, we think we need, and we use and in the process, constrain our choices and possibilities. For lack of a better name and the need of short identifier, I’ll call it “The Market”.

The Market is everywhere, all around us, in between the pixels on your screen. You can see it when you look out the window or when you turn on the tv. You can feel it when you drive to work, when you get paid, when you pay your bills. You hear it when you walk down the street, when you talk on the cell phone, when you plug in. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. What truth you may ask.

The truth is you are all slaves. Like everyone else you were born into an economic cage. Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Market represents with respect to our cult. You have to see it for yourself. You are at the crossroads. The implications of the path you choose will ripple into the future. Take the gray pill, the story ends, and you fall back asleep into your ‘normal’ life. Take the Green Pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.