Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fox Newspeak or how to talk like it's 1984

Today's useful phrase from Fox Newspeak is Free Market. To use this expression properly you must subscribe to the notion that government is BAD, BAD, BAD and no BAD can exist in the absence of government. The True Believer that advocates for this actually thinks that he'll no longer be powerless individual once government is removed from the equation.

In the Free Market all transactions will be fair and competitive, and should a 'bad actor' appear he will be dealt with by the Free Market. If a corporation's product should kill a bunch of people the Free Market will correct this situation, since the dead people will no longer buy that product. The same people who advocate for Free Market also advocate for Tort Reform, that is you can't sue a corporation for damages, but they can sue you for libel if you tell anyone that they killed your family.

Some believers claim that in a Free Market the corporations would create some sort of third party business that would guarantee that the products being sold were safe. Of course their only possible revenue stream would be from the corporations, so guess who they would be working for. BBB has been caught repeatedly selling its stamp of approval to charlatans, and we don't even live in a Free Market.

There is no end to the mental machinations the True Believers will go through to create a scenario where this would be good thing for consumers. They choose to be totally unaware of the history of the gilded age that led to the government regulation of business.