The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and US president Bush January 15, 2004 (base image Reuters/Larry Downing)


One condition for world social and economic growth:
The United Sates must learn from the principle "give more, take less"

Nipawin - Thursday - January 22, 2004 - by: Mario deSantis


"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."

Martin Luther King Jr.


"We are not in the construction and engineering business. We are in the business of making money."

Stephen Bechtel, founder of Bechtel Corp.


  It makes me smile thinking about the conspiracy of the Free Market to stress business competition and lack of money for public services. The gospel of the Free Market that there is a lack of money for public services only reinforces the myth of fierce business competition. This business competition triggers further mergers and acquisitions resulting in an ever concentrated oligopolistic market where all the resources are rationalised in absence of risk and entrepreneurship. This oligopolistic market is the ultimate patriotic Free Market characterised by the presence of nofault governments and nofault corporations.
  It makes me wonder as to who will be the winner in a Free Market driven by the gospel of lack of money for public services? My biased answer is: the top 1% American class; the reason being that the American economy is the biggest in the world. So, in today’s Free Market, it doesn’t matter if the United States is bankrupt or if the United States is the highest indebted nation on earth,. In fact vice-president Dick Cheney has been telling former secretary treasurer Richard O’Neill that:

"Reagan proved deficits don't matter."

  In the meantime, the United States maintains some 1,000 military bases abroad, just to make sure, as president Bush has stated, that


"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people"
  and I may add, the security that America’s debt will always be paid in the form of wars’ reconstruction as presently experienced in Iraq, at American prices with American corporations.
  We can only imagine the social nightmare experienced by China as its economy has been booming at an annual rate of some nine percent for the last two decades. However, we must give credit to the present peaceful trade policies of China in accordance to the ancient tributary principle of ‘give more, take less.’
  Let us hope that United States becomes really a compassionate country for the benefit of the world economy and that it will not be too long before they learn that their security is tied to this peaceful principle of ‘give more, take less.’

Mario deSantis

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