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The Free Market needs restructuring and Conventional Economists need a new mind:
People before Money, Employment before GDP

Nipawin - Friday - October 24, 2003 - by: Mario deSantis

"Teach a parrot the terms supply and demand, and you've got an economist."

Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and writer, 1795-1881

"It is by invisible hands that we are bent and tortured worst."

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844-1900

"If you think information is free then how come we pay a trillion dollars a decade to the CIA to find out more of it. Information is very expensive stuff and if the information is expensive then markets can not work freely and properly automatically, you have to regulate, you have to have government make sure that someone doesn't cheat the market."

Greg Palast, Investigative Journalist


I cannot tolerate the wasted thought and hypocrisy of conventional economists. They write equations, maximise profit functions, and yet these conventional economists cannot admit that the economic structure has changed under the Free Market. The paradox of these conventional economists is that they use theoretical frameworks disassociated from reality.




If we have a Free Market to satisfy the profit wishes of the banks and corporations how can we ever end poverty? The key economic word today should be "restructure" that is we need a new economic way to end poverty and have social growth. We must get away from focusing to an ever artificial growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) along with the welfare of the banks and corporations; and instead we must focus on reaching full employment for willing people along with the welfare of their families.




Full employment should be the most important economic indicator of any country. We have experienced a declining economic growth and increasing poverty levels since the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank took over the rearrangement of the global economic system under the doctrine of the Free Market. Journalist Greg Palast writes:
"Before 1980, when the World Bank and IMF set out to rearrange the economies of developing nations, nearly all of them adhered to Keynesianism or socialism. Following the 'import-substitution model,' they build locally owned industry through government investment, behind a protective wall of tariffs and capital controls. In those supposed economic dark ages, spanning roughly from 1960 to 1980, per-capita in-come grew by 73 percent in Latin America and by 34 percent in Africa. By comparison, since 1980, Latin American income growth has slowed to a virtual halt-to less than 6 percent over twenty years-while African incomes have declined by 23 percent. The IMF itself, in a statement accompanying its April 2000 'World Economic Outlook' report, noted that 'in recent decades, too many countries, and nearly one-fifth of the world population, have regressed? This is arguably one of the greatest economic failures of the 20th Century.' On this, at least, the IMF had it right."




It took three years for Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz to realise that the World Bank he worked for was ordering along with the IMF the wrong economic prescriptions for developing countries. The only relevant developing country which didn't regress in the last twenty years was China, and China didn't follow the advices of either the IMF or the World Bank.




The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has just released a study concluding that global trade keeps a billion children in poverty, and in this regard Judith Melby, spokeswoman for the charity Christian Aid, has stated:
"We have to look at how globalisation has affected these countries. There is a real link between that and poverty levels. They are put under enormous pressure to liberalise their markets, then they lose their indigenous trade to subsidised markets in the EU and the US; and the poorest people, such as subsistence farmers, are left with absolutely nothing."
We have a Free Market commanded by the compassionate imperialistic power of the United States and yet Professor Dave Gordon, coauthor of the above mentioned UNICEF's study, has commented:
"The Romans managed to provide sanitation for people thousands of years ago, and yet millions of people today still do not have access to a toilet."




It is time for the restructuring of economics and it is time for a change of mind for conventional economists. The Bush administration wants China to appreciate the value of its currency, the Yuan, because the United States is experiencing over US$100 billion trade deficit with China. But the Chinese goods imported into the United States are mainly produced by foreign companies established in China. Also, imported Chinese goods are priced four or five times their Chinese cost and while they provide low cost goods to the American consumers they also contribute to a business capitalisation in excess of US$1 trillion.



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The Free Market has restructured the arrangement of production of goods and services in the United States as well as in the world and yet the American politicians of any stripe are blaming China for the loss of over 2.6 million manufacturing jobs in the last three years. In the meantime, these American politicians don't complain about the above mentioned capitalised business of US$1 trillion triggered by the Chinese imports. Does this kind of behaviour resemble Imperial Rome?




We need to restructure the economic system to a system which puts people's lives before corporate's profits, and a first step is the recognition that full employment is more important than the Gross Domestic Product, in the United States and in the rest of the world.



Mario deSantis


  Pertinent articles published in Ensign
  Palast, Greg IMF Confidential: The Secret Documents the Masters of the Universe Would Rather You Not See http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4977.htm
  Frith, Maxine Global trade keeps a billion children in poverty, says Unicef October 22, 2003 Independent Digital, http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=455868
  Tyson, James Manufacturing groups want to file complaint against China on currency (PDF) October 22, 2003 Chicago Sun Times, http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-china22.html


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