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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 | Regarding Eric Bruvold’s peon to market forces in his Tuesday Café San Diego blog: When I survey the market and ask what children want for lunch, they often want a treat, not necessarily a wholesome meal I think they should have. Now let’s look at our culture: television is driven by what people want to watch and it’s the very lowest aspect of our culture, hey how about the (fast) food we eat, the fashion industry, oh I could go on for days.
Market forces are the last thing we should be counting on for guidance, indeed, we should be counting on our conscience, our ethics and our sense of community. American businesses simply pander to the things that will make the most money, with the notable exception of the non-profit sector, which is mission driven. Capitalism is an ism like every other ism, it is seeing the world through money-making lenses (who can make the most money for themselves), choices that reduce our culture to the lowest common denominator and fuel the base market forces that inspire TV., the food and fashion industries and pretty much everything else. Yuck!