Redefining the Market in our Favor

How do we begin to recreate ourselves into the kind of societies that we want to be?  The first phase of changing society is to defang the tiger.  What I mean by the tiger is the definition of the market, because we now hold the market as sacrosanct and many believe that it is beyond reproach. The corporate world and governments all feel that their actions are governed by the hand of the market. In fact we have made the market our god and we have become its worshipers.

But what actually is the market? Well, to many Capitalists the market is seen as a means to an end and that is a means to making a profit. How that profit was made was incidental as long as a profit was made. The market has come to be used for any transaction regardless of the nefarious nature of its results.

But, is the market really any exchange of goods and services regardless of its outcome? This has been the way that our present corporate culture has viewed itself in relationship to us as the public. We, the public, have become a labor market that corporations can choose from and a product market that they can sell their goods to.

In today’s world the underlying concept that has dominated the social relationships of people and has determined the political relationships that their national states have to take is that the market determines all things correctly. We have become a slave to this doctrine of market dominance that now determines whether we have employment and how much the products that we buy through it will cost.

The market has become the foundation upon which the corporate relationships of the world have been justified.  It is in the pursuit of ever growing profits that has now become the norm and how all business should expect to be conducted. But what is a market really? Is it only a mechanism that we used to exploit oneanother with? We must take the market away from those that just use it for their own narrow gains and redefine it for ourselves.

The market process is a social contract between two or more people to provide each other with what they each want from their relationship. This naturally means that the market is not about taking advantage of the other in the relationship, but instead making sure that the other receives from the relationship what they expected to get from it.

Therefore, the market is actually the creation of a cooperative relationship between those that wish for something particular and those that are willing to provide it. A true market is the purest form of human interrelationship. It provides both within a relationship to have what they expect to receive from it.

A market is actually a socializing instrument that brings people together by promoting social commerce. It is a mutually supportive relationship and not an exploitive one, like the one that we the people are in with the corporations that today dominate our society. We must hold corporations to this new standard of mutual responsibility if we are going to fundamentally change our relationships with them.

The Moment for People to Take Control of their Lives is Here

Never in human history has there been a time when the people have been able to take control of their own lives and form for themselves the kinds of societies and political systems that they would wish to live under. Technology and the inability of the nation-state to meet today’s problems has provided mankind with the unique opportunity to for the first time be able to create the kinds of societies that work for us instead of us for them.

For the first time in human history people have available to themselves the means to reorganize society the way that would be good for the people instead of those that rule over them.

Technology has freed us from the constraints of our birth like culture and location. Today we are able to redefine ourselves in global terms. This allows us to transcend our inherited limitations and reinvent ourselves on a global level where we are one with all those that participate at this level.

Global trade has now become the dominant form of trade because it determines all other forms of trade and the internet has allowed us to have a say in this trade and personalize it to meet our individual needs and wants. The internet has created global communities that transcend the boundaries from where they come and created a global community based on the common interests and concerns of people.

These global concerns and interests that people have must be harnessed and organized to meet our common problems on the local level. We must link the local level with the global level and the global level with the local. This would globalize our local conditions and bring them to each other’s attention as well as provide us with the means of globally organizing ourselves to meet our common local problems in a global way.

By thinking differently we will create different results. Therefore, we must rethink ourselves into a new existence. The internet will allow us to begin this process by allowing us to build virtual existences that will allow us to recreate our social and political relationships in new and unforeseen ways.

The Need for Local Control

The size of government and private corporations today has become so large that they are no longer controllable by the people that they both claim to ultimately serve. The belief that bigger-is-better in all things has come to an end. We need to bring back society to a more human scale where people can feel that they have a voice in the decisions being made concerning their future.

People feel disempowered by the size of the economy that they depend on and are at its mercy. The political systems that developed during an age when governments reigned supreme are now dictated to by the needs and wants of the private sector that commands the economy that both the people and their governments depend on.

What we need are governments and markets that function for us. Therefore, we need to be able to create and control them for ourselves and that means that they must begin at the local level and be formed from there.

Time for a Change

Because of change, modern society in terms of its political and economic structure has become dysfunctional. The interests of those that control the power of the nation-state has become its liability. Because they see their own interests in national terms, the political elites would first save themselves in a effort to save what they see as the best of the nation.

In order to remain relevant, nation-states have provided the corporate sector with the natural resources and labor as well as market for the disposal of their products. Because people feel that they are not receiving from government what they voted for, people everywhere are frustrated with their political establishment and its lack of effectiveness.

People feel alienated in a system in which they see themselves as being powerless over their own lives and at the mercy of those that they have elected into office. In the face of global events, the old structures appear powerless and seem to have lost their effectiveness in a world that is mainly dictated by economic interests.

The global problems that we are now facing are all the result of the nation-state system’s inability to control global events. In fact the nation-state system is being controlled by the global events of their own making. The corporate institutions, made possible by the nation-state now determines the paths that the nation-state must follow.

Today they not only provide use with what we have to consume, they also provide us with our employment. It is the corporate sector that determines how we will live or if we should die. Their property rights have trumped our human rights. Humanity and our natural environment have become mere resources to be exploited for profit and personal gain.

Our nation-state system has led us into an era of neo-corporativism in which corporations determine our future and the desires of the few dictate the lives of the many.

If we are to determine our own development, then we need to take control of it ourselves. We need to be the ones that determine what kinds of institutions develop based on our need for them. In other words societies of the future must be based on the needs of the public that they serve.