The Big Lie of the Free Market is Against the Environment:
Environmentalist Dana Meadows versus Statistician Bjorn Lomborg

Nipawin - Thursday, December 13, 2001 - by: Mario deSantis


"There is ...a huge tacit conspiracy between the U.S. government, its agencies and its multinational corporations, on the one hand, and local business and military cliques in the Third World, on the other, to assume complete control of these countries and "develop" them on a joint venture basis."

Edward S. Herman, political economist and author




"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." Martin Luther King, Jr.




In the last few articles we have disputed the social effectiveness of the Free Market preached by the Chicago School of Economics. We started to question the language used by the Free Market and we found the inadequacy of the tenets of privatization, less government, free trade, free markets, deregulations, and mathematical formulations. We raised the suspicion that the Free Market could have been a conspiracy of the multinational corporations along with the governments of the richest countries and we find now that my suspicion is a sound understanding of our corporate globalization.




At this point we must reflect on Adolf Hitler's saying that "in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility" and as a consequence we understand why this Free Market conspiracy cannot be prosecuted. This Free Market is as legal as everything Hitler did in Nazi Germany. Therefore, it is up to us as individual citizens to make the required social changes as our governments have become a representation of our big corporations.



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At this point I am thinking about environmentalist Dana Meadows and her relentless work to change our world for the better. She co-authored the book "Limits to Growth" in the 70s and in this book she provided simulated economic scenarios as dependent on the depletion of our natural resources over given periods of time. Meadows used the tools of system thinking and system dynamics to simulate her economic scenarios as opposed to the tools of linear thinking and statistical correlations used by our neoclassical economists and social scientists.






System thinking and system dynamics are associated to the concept that events are circularly interrelated over time, while linear thinking and statistical correlations are associated to the concept that events are chained one after the other on a straight cause effect relationship. The Free Market is built on the faulty concept of linear thinking (or Cartesian) and statistical correlations. This is why our controlled media, corporations and our neoclassical researchers always use this linear language to support the economic doctrine of the Free Market.


We know that the Free Marketeers have no respect for the environment and they have welcomed the latest book "The Skeptical Environmentalist" by Danish Dr. Bjorn Lomborg in which the author contends that there are no ecological problems as forests are spreading, air and water pollution are improving, global warming will have mild effects and there will be no shortage of food as the world population increases. I already wrote few lines about this Dr. Bjorn Lomborg and we found he is an emperor with no clothes. But look at the raving reviews of Lomborg's book by our corporate media and free marketeers.


Richard Lubbock of the National Post:"We can forget those dreary old idols: Paul Ehrlich, Lester Brown with his Worldwatch Institute, Greenpeace and all the others. They have been exiled into the darkness. Eco-optimism can begin to rise over the Earth. After Lomborg, the environmental movement will begin to wither."


The New York Times: "a substantial work of analysis."


The Washington Post Book World: " a magnificent achievement and the most significant work on the environment since ... Silent Spring."
Matt Ridley, author of Genome: "...should be read by every environmentalist, so that the appalling errors of fact the environmental movement has made in the past are not repeated."
THE ECONOMIST: " of the most valuable books on public policy-not merely ...environmental policy-...written in the past ten years..."


But many American scholars have debunked the asinine work of Dr. Lomborg and they have expressed their outrage in a series of articles under the main title "Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark."


The Big Lie of the Free Market is still getting bigger as President Bush will announce tomorrow the United States' withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty so that more military spending can be channeled into the National Missile Defense system to combat terrorism from the sky and to protect the Big Lie of the Free Market on earth.
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  Donella Meadows 1941 - 2001,
  Statistician Bjorn Lomborg's wonderful world: a dangerously misleading picture, by Mario deSantis, September 4, 2001
  THE TABLOID ENVIRONMENTALIST. How a Pseudo-Scientist Duped the Big Media -- Big Time, by Colin Woodard, December 7, 2001
  Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark. A skeptical look at The Skeptical Environmentalist, Grist Magazine, December 12, 2001
  'Pies for damn lies and statistics' as Danish anti-green author gets his just desserts, 5th Sept 2001. Danish anti-environmentalist author Bjorn Lomborg today received his just desserts courtesy of a fellow writer enraged at his "dangerous and misleading" statements on crucial green issues. A pie was thrown in his face at Borders Bookshop in Oxford just after 7pm this evening.
  The Lomborg debate. Some replies from Danish scientists to a contrarian,