99 Delusions of Market Society

  1. The infinite complexity of human society can be reduced to one metric: price.
  2. Humans think economically, not socially.
  3. Humans are rational actors in a marketplace.
  4. The market is rational.
  5. Market growth is equivalent to the net improvement of society.
  6. What is normal under current authority is natural to human behavior.
  7. Value can be rationally quantified and transformed into money.
  8. Value can be quantified consistently.
  9. Value is determined by markets.
  10. Money is rational.
  11. Money is real.
  12. Money created out of money is growth.
  13. Pareto Efficiency is attainable.
  14. It works for 1, why wouldn’t it work for n + 1?
  15. Economists are scientists.
  16. Supply and demand have a proven causal relationship with price.
  17. Cultures can be reduced to atomized market actors.
  18. People are happy as atomized market actors.
  19. Your identity is a commodity we can sell back to you.
  20. The market can satisfy every need.
  21. Consumption is the driving force of society.
  22. People can self-actualize through consumption of prefabricated lifestyles.
  23. Privatization is not theft.
  24. Enclosure is not theft.
  25. The fallout from privatization and enclosure is the responsibility of the dispossessed.
  26. Privatization lowers costs and improves services.
  27. Competition doesn’t inevitably end in monopoly.
  28. The market has mechanisms to prevent nepotism, plutocracy, oligarchy, etc.
  29. Centralized decision making is evil, unless the command economy is a business.
  30. Freedom is 30 varieties of toothpaste and the opportunity to buy them.
  31. Your boss is your friend, not an abusive partner.
  32. Employees do not need agency in the workplace
  33. Being grateful to your employer for the privilege of reclaiming some of your own free time is not Stockholm Syndrome.
  34. Resilient, vibrant, safe, clean, enriching communities can be created by markets
  35. People who think in business cycles and quarterly earnings reports can solve existential crises requiring decades of intense cooperation towards a common goal with no quantifiable monetary outcome.
  36. Democracy need not extend to the workplace.
  37. A vote for a remote bureaucrat is more important than a vote for your direct management.
  38. The truth can survive the profit incentive.
  39. Carbon taxes can cut carbon emissions by the 95% necessary to stop global warming.
  40. Capitalism did not create the climate crisis, individual consumers did.
  41. Nobody is responsible for anything, unless it robs a property holder of potential income.
  42. Industries will self-regulate, and the market will regulate those that don’t.
  43. People are greedy, selfish, antagonistic creatures.
  44. Charity is enough to solve poverty.
  45. Wealth makes you a better person.
  46. Poverty makes you a failure.
  47. There is no link between Capitalism and depression.
  48. The depression epidemic has nothing to do with lack of agency in market hierarchies and everything to do with inherently broken brains.
  49. We can sell you a solution to your broken brain.
  50. We didn’t engineer your environment to make you anxious, insecure, and alienated, we engineered it to make money.
  51. Productivity increases should be used to grow money, not the material conditions of society.
  52. Forcing all human activity to conform to market-aligned behaviors expands human potential.
  53. Property owners are responsible for all profit
  54. Property owners are not responsible for the externality costs they push off to their community.
  55. The market is aware of all externality costs.
  56. The market can quantify all externality costs.
  57. Externality costs will be addressed by the market.
  58. The only debt that matters is that which has been transformed into money.
  59. Property is a natural feature of the universe, not a product of culture.
  60. Property has only one form.
  61. Government and business are in existential, eternal conflict.
  62. Government and business did not create eachother in their modern forms
  63. There is no conflict between employer and employee, only between business and government
  64. This is the only conflict that matters
  65. Employers do not have disproportionate power
  66. Employers have the right to collaborate.
  67. Employee organization is a breach of employer’s rights
  68. Strikes are not necessary, wages can be negotiated by individuals.
  69. Wages are set by the market.
  70. Individuals are powerful.
  71. Collectives are weak.
  72. The first world developed itself without help.
  73. The first world does not steal trillions of dollars of wealth from the developing world every year, it is free trade.
  74. Market societies are not responsible for the destruction of self-sustaining complex societies across Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
  75. Africa, Asia, and the Americas were always poor, backwards places.
  76. Centuries of wealth transfer and genocide have nothing to do with current distributions of wealth.
  77. Wealth distribution is always just in a market society.
  78. Western market systems are optimal for every human society on earth.
  79. Democracy is compatible with wealth inequality.
  80. People need property owners to tell them what to do and how to better their own lives.
  81. Collecting rent is a moral prerogative.
  82. Investors are intelligent enough to choose the path society takes.
  83. Wealth is equivalent to expertise.
  84. Wealth is indicative of expertise.
  85. Accumulation of wealth gives individuals the right to choose the path society takes.
  86. Health insurance is health care.
  87. Advertising is an efficient use of human resources and labor.
  88. The finance sector is an efficient use of human resources and labor.
  89. There is no more use for social leveling mechanisms. The market replaces all social tools.
  90. Money is a universal characteristic of human societies, arising from barter economies.
  91. Money is the most efficient form of economic communication.
  92. People don’t know what they want and need, the market is the only thing that can meet their needs.
  93. All human activity must be economical.
  94. Capitalism was not spread through violence on unwilling populations.
  95. Capitalism is not maintained through violence.
  96. Capitalism is human nature.
  97. Capitalism is eternal.
  98. The market is God.
  99. This is rational.
The Blind Leading the Blind, Pieter Bruegel