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Sociopathology of free market capitalism


By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

The very concept of capitalism, as the word implies empowers capital. It is not interested in social issues, sustainability, or truth. It only has one value and that is increasing wealth. Wealth is generated by extraction of natural resources and extraction of labor from people without capital. Natural beauty, unused resources, individual lives, justice and sustainability are never entered on the balance sheet nor calculated in the GDP. Capitalism requires continuous growth to generate ever increasing amounts of capital. Reason, of course dictates that infinite growth on a finite planet is illogical. To think of endless growth is to deny limits, denying limits does not mean they do not exist. Economic growth is often proposed as the solution to inequality, this is illogical because the new income from growth nearly all goes to those that already have the most.

Markets are man-made constructs and are manipulated to the advantage of those in power through subsidies, tax breaks, regulatory capture, and externalization of costs like pollution and low wages. The concept of a “free market” is ridiculous and is propaganda used to sell class warfare to us. This is a class war waged by the capitalist class on the environment and the poor and consistently won by those who make the rules. If you were to think the poor are waging the class war; then you would have to explain how those with little power are able to make rules that discriminate against those with much power.

Capitalism is built on several key principles:

• Individualism – everyone acts in their own self-interest. There is no value to the commons, community or sustainability. Those with capital are not only allowed to, but encouraged to bully workers and exploit nature. The fight against a living wage, the bank crisis of 2008, for profit education, for profit prisons, and pollution are a few blatant examples. Wealth is passed off as merit and bad luck is seen as bad character.

• Violence – imperialistic violence against nature, based on class, and against other populations to access resources. Nature and the common good are sacrificed for private gain. Costs of pollution or damage to societies most vulnerable are externalized for growth and fetishized consumption. Warfare is justified to control resources and expand markets. That warfare is paid for with public funds but the benefits are privatized.

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Letter about Not the time to be nice...

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, We’re told to accept the loss, “stop the shouting” and “back away from the edge.” Poppycock!! This is the same advice we get after each mass shooting - be quiet, it’s too emotional a moment to discuss it. Then it goes a ..... 
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Letter about Houston County Commissioner races...

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I hope everyone was paying close attention to the outcome of the Houston County Commissioner races. Three of the candidates, including incumbents Judy Storlie and Steve Schuldt, and challenger Dan Griffin, who is Planning Commission ..... 
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‘Tis the season to give

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

This time of year is met with warm fuzzy feelings of being around family and friends, having plenty to eat, and perhaps giving some of your good fortune to others. We can’t necessarily explain it, but November and December give us all just a wee-b ..... 
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Letter about Wonderful place to live...

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Two years ago my wife and I moved to Fillmore County. This spring we built an addition on to our home. Wow, what an undertaking! Rain, more rain, floods, and mud meant many delays. What a learning experience. We experienced just how ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson council appointments were listed in error in the November 21, 2016 edition of the Fillmore County Journal. Councilor Dave Colbenson retains his position. Councilor-elect Chris Grindland is replacing Councilor Dick Lee. We apologize fo ..... 
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Winners of Mabel United Methodist raffle named

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

The Mabel United Methodist Church held its annual raffle drawing on Wednesday, November 9 in conjunction with the church bazaar. The winners are as follows: Katie Wilder of Canton won $100 cash donated by Peggy Williams, Cindy Zafft, Roxanne Shefe ..... 
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Operation Round Up grants $4,600 to local causes

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, MN, November 3, 2016 - Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met recently and elected to donate $4,600 to the following worthy organizations: • $1,050, Immanuel Lutheran School, Lewiston, to help purchase C ..... 
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Library Legacy Community Collaboration grants awarded

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

ROCHESTER, MN – SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is announcing the recipients of Legacy Community Collaboration grants. Libraries receiving grants are the Cannon Falls Public Library, Houston Public Library, Rochester Public Library and ..... 
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