About three years ago I photographed these items below because I was amazed at what I paid for all of them. 12 bucks from a dollar store, how about that! All the items have served me well, and many are still functioning as a part of my life. Hopefully the toilet brush and the sponges are long gone, cant say for sure, but wow! Look at how amazing a free market can be! How amazing? Well…
Take for example that space-age looking pizza cutter up there that I paid only one dollar for – could I make a pizza cutter like that? Yeah maybe. I wouldn’t do it for a dollar though, or even 12 for that matter. That would be crazy. So if for some reason I couldn’t find an affordable pizza cutter would I make my own just so that I could have one? The answer is probably no. My life does not depend on having one… but what if it did? What if this was a table full of medical supplies that I needed for survival? Where would I go to get such things? Where are the medical supply dollar stores? Can you imagine what a hospital charges for a similar amount of items?
Where the lower middle class use to be there is now a murky grey zone that pays for the so called healthcare system but at the same time cannot afford to pay for it. Personally, at this time I’m in an even worse part of the spectrum, just below the grey zone with no way of getting any insurance, but not qualifying for assistance either. I don’t know how wide the crack I fell through is, only that I did fall through it. Not a fun place to be if something goes… wrong.
Now… unfortunately when it comes to needing medical supplies I have to say that my dollar store pizza cutter example is not just a metaphor. So bad is the situation I find myself in; having had a medical emergency while having no insurance, and now having a desperate need for certain medical supplies and encountering a world in which insurance companies have nearly captured every aspect of every part of all of it… I cannot find the “pizza cutter” I need, nor the medical dollar store that would carry it. I actually WILL have to make my own. Luckily, I think I can.
Any system will collapse if it does not produce solutions that support itself. To sustain it’s own existence, no matter what is it’s intended function, a healthcare system will feel no impact from the needs of patients UNLESS – the system is a free market.
With an ACTUAL free market, the pyramid would flip and the prices would fall. When government or insurance companies (or both) are at the top, because of the way that those entities are structured their motivations can ONLY be for prices to rise… forever. They will not and cannot* let prices fall. Only free markets do that… and they DO do that naturally – every time. A free market is the most humanitarian system. Unfortunately we do not have that with healthcare. Not even close.
*To understand why insurance companies are not motivated to want prices to fall, listen to Dr. David Janda interviewed by John B Wells. Interview starts at 1 hr 12 minutes in the video below.
“Future Shock” by Alvin Toffler is not actually fiction but I can’t resist posting this in the “Prophetic Fiction” category anyway. What I am wondering though is if others can see as I do in the example of this 1972 documentary that the rapid development of many previously advancing technologies have been in effect virtually arrested?
Humanity’s Arrested Developement
Most often it is specifically those advancements that would empower the individual that tend to get suppressed and it goes waaaaaay back (think “Edison vs Tesla”). If one can accept as fact that advancements in certain areas have indeed been suppressed, and that these are usually things particularly beneficial which we the consumers have been denied again and again – one can then conclude that these suppressions are not of a benevolent nature. Quite the contrary. Is this not then proof that letting an oligarchy that operates above the law by affectively being the writers of the law, which hides itself and it’s misdeeds by owning and controlling the media, which funds itself by creating it’s own money out of thin air, and that brutally squashes any dissent that threatens to raise too much public awareness about any of this… has all been a very big mistake? Do we just keep making that same mistake by continuing to let “them” decide which technologies are to be embraced, and which are to be rejected? Who exactly are “they” anyway?
Wait… so what if anything does any of this have to do with the book “Future Shock”?
The connection is actually only indirect, but there is a perceivable pattern of how TPTB frighten the public with a variety of methods or tools through the media. Basically the scare always precedes the legislation which quickly follows, and it is a process. The public AND the politicians are manipulated through fear into giving certain special interests exactly what they want. Anyone paying attention to specifically which advancements are the ones being suppressed decade after decade, can easily perceive who or what benefits by the suppression, and also who or what suffers the consequences of that suppression. I feel that the book Future Shock was probably used as one part of a larger fear campaign for the general purpose of more easily supressing certain technologies. The author of a book used in this way does not necessarily have to be a knowing participant of such a “campaign”. Media manipulation is a pulling together of many things to paint a picture to communicate an effect.
Isn’t it worth asking who it would be that would prefer that certain beneficial technologies be slowed down? The public at large? Really? Wouldn’t it more likely be those special interests who’s interests are NOT things like less expensive forms of energy, cars that run on water… or even cars that maybe don’t even need roads? Yeah. We wouldn’t want THAT kind of scary freedom to get loose now would we?
This is not to say that all technology should just run amuck i.e. nuclear power plants everywhere, microwaves shooting all over the place, or who knows what dumped frantically and untested into the atmosphere and onto the population by mad climate scientists, but – no. It IS the truly destructive things that stroll right on through unhindered and into our lives isn’t it? When it comes to the truly concerning technologies, those that are the actual real threats, books on these matters are not likely to become media sensations like Future Shock did. Unfortunately for humanity the concerns, whatever they may be, of whoever is really running the show are clearly NOT humanitarian.
This article was first blogged out over a period of several months. The first post was dated September 19th 2008, and the last was in February 2009. Over the years since, I’ve dragged it around from site to site, tweaking it along the way – small edits to smooth it out, adding or removing a word, that kind of thing. So other than occasional actual updates and, oh yeah the “addendum” – no big changes. It is still basically in it’s original bloggy form. a nearly real time (not quite) journal of the exploration of the subject – a study on an anomalous object which really ended up a study on a little more than that…
That state of rest or balance due to the equal action of opposing forces… but is it a feeling of rest, or peace? Is it like being pinned in place? Static? Paralyzed? We are all in a state of equilibrium regardless of how aware of that we are, but it is a dynamic equilibrium. Thankfully we are in motion.