Markets as a Fetish, Globalization for the Many, and Dissent Management

by Joachim Hirsch, Rainer Mausfeld, and Werner Raza

Rainer Mausfeld explains how emancipative needs for change are neutralized. Democratic societies are only acceptable to the centers of power where they are risk-free for the powerful. Opinion management or control is one of the most important techniques of rule.

Economic inequality must be reduced and democratic participation regained. Resisting tax avoidance, financial market regulations, climate policy, and globally combating poverty should be priorities.

Unlike apples and bananas, financial products are not visible but hidden under complex numbers and data. International capital succeeded in eluding restrictions. Controls were rescinded by the governments themselves. The “markets” then ensured that democracy would go downhill.

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