The Truth About “Free” Markets, Part 34,502

Price-fixing capitalists

Four of the world’s biggest glass manufacturers have been fined a total of 486.9m euros ($717.5m; £348.2m) for illegally co-ordinating price rises.
The firms are Guardian of the US, Pilkington, which is the UK unit of Nippon Sheet Glass, Saint-Gobain of France and Belgium’s Glaverbel.

The European Commission said the firms had raised or stabilised prices in 2004 and 2005 through illicit contacts.

Between them they control 80% of Europe’s market for flat glass.
(Source: BBC News)

Ahh, capitalism! The FREE MARKET! Surely the only logical, efficient way of running any modern industrial economy?

Demand and supply are in a perfect dance through the wondrous FREE MARKET and prices reflect this. The efficient producers charge less and therefore win the sales. Inefficient producers go out of business, buyers receive goods at low, low prices! Everyone’s happy!

Maybe, in cloud-fucking-cuckoo land, yep.

In the real world, capitalism is a rapacious, arrogant exercise in applied solipsism and mendacity. It fucks the world while stealing from both the pockets of the workers and the customers. The only people who win are the Rupert Murdochs of the world. There is no free market, that’s a fairy tale told to little Western children to divert them from the series of cartels, oligopolies and monopolies that run the world.

When you see stories like this, these aren’t the “bad apples” – these are the average apples. All of our world is run by businesses of this venality, of this illegality.

Capitalism is about as economically efficient as driving to the shops in an F1 car.

US Military Slaughters Iraqi Civilians

Fallujah Victims Of The US Invasion
Some happy, joyful Iraqis, liberated by the US military in Fallujah.

From the beginning of the American occupation in Iraq, air strikes and attacks by the U.S. military have only killed “militants,” “criminals,” “suspected insurgents,” “IED [Improvised Explosive Device] emplacers,” “anti-American fighters,” “terrorists,” “military age males,” “armed men,” “extremists,” or “al-Qaeda.”

The pattern for reporting on such attacks has remained the same from the early years of the occupation to today. Take a helicopter attack on October 23rd of this year near the village of Djila, north of Samarra. The U.S. military claimed it had killed 11 among “a group of men planting a roadside bomb.” Only later did a military spokesperson acknowledge that at least six of the dead were civilians. Local residents claimed that those killed were farmers, that there were children among them, and that the number of dead was greater than 11.
(Source: AlterNet)

Another excellent article from AlterNet, I suggest you read it all. Perhaps if more people read articles like these, they wouldn’t believe that the deaths in Iraq were mainly due to “sectarian clashes.”

Remember, car bombers are beginners at inflicting death and carnage compared to the US military.