The free market is a false god that has destroyed our society

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WITH the prospect of a renewed and savage agenda of Tory austerity, we are once again softened by the repetition of Thatcher’s mantra that there is no alternative – a pretty ridiculous claim unless you don’t. accept that there is no alternative to the market economy.

Moreover, we are alerted to the real possibility of the privatization of the NHS.

Now, I don’t want to sound like I’ve gone completely crazy and taken up religion, but there’s a very interesting passage from the Bible that I want to use as a metaphor for the dominant model of economics. free market, and I do this because the situation we find ourselves in due to our dominant free market model is moral and political as well as economic.

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In chapter 11 verse 31 of the book of Daniel, we read: “And the weapons will stand on his side, and they will defile the sanctuary of strength, and they will take away the daily sacrifice and they will place the abomination that makes desolation”.

The Jewish Encyclopedia tells us that this verse refers to a historical incident that occurred in 168 BC. “the abomination that devastates” was erected on the altar of the holocaust and the Jews had to obey it.

The word “abomination” in Daniel 11:31 comes from the Hebrew word “shiqquts” which means abominable, a detestable thing. This particular abomination was reputed to be a statue of Zeus or Jupiter. So the abomination that makes desolation was an idol, a false god that brought desolation to the very core of a people’s culture and directly attacked their core belief system. It was designed to humiliate and subjugate them under an alien set of beliefs and standards, to destroy their existing society and culture.

Thus, for the Jewish people, this representation of a false god at the very heart of their most holy place was a pollutant, an abomination, a detestable thing, destined to desolate the Jewish way of life.

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I find this description of a historic catastrophe for the Jewish people to be a very apt analogy for the desolation caused by the abomination that is modern free market economic and political theory and practice.

The free market is an idol, a false god that has attacked and transformed traditional British cultural norms and values, and has been an instrument for the destruction of the collectivist, welfare-based form of society that the conservatives to hate.

It is a pollutant that was designed to corrode and eat away at our sanctuary of modern strength, the welfare state, with the ultimate aim of destroying it with particular emphasis on the NHS.

It was an ideology that brought desolation to the Beveridge-inspired post-war society that Thatcher and his successors set out to destroy, leaving a remnant of individuals and families with little or no social ties to one another. others, without meaningful norms and values ​​other than those prescribed by the political and economic elite and which are solely driven by selfishness and greed promoted by a particular type of market individualism which elevates injustice to the rank of moral imperative.

But there are alternatives, there are always alternatives, as we in Scotland not only embrace but implement, and one of them is that our welfare system and the NHS must be placed out of control conservatives. It is imperative. It requires independence.

Pierre Kerr
Kilmarnock

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