The Two Faces of Facebook

The pressure to join Facebook surprises in light of an article in The Guardian about who runs the outfit, and what their aims happen to be.

Facebook is a well-funded project, and the people behind the funding, a group of Silicon Valley venture capitalists, have a clearly thought out ideology that they are hoping to spread around the world. Facebook is one manifestation of this ideology. Like PayPal before it, it is a social experiment, an expression of a particular kind of neoconservative libertarianism.

As with many things ideological, what is happening will not be transparent.  A little digging is required.

"Let Them Eat Cake" from Flickr Creative Commons

"Let Them Eat Cake" from Flickr Creative Commons

While all of us might be operating with good intentions, the people with whom we associate (via their products, services, etc.) might have designs on us.  Another example is Whole Foods, the seemingly wholesome store that brings us organic products and paper bags for our groceries, so that we cause minimal damage to the environment.  That view of Whole Foods might need to be revised in light of John Mackey’s recent opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal.  The man who gives you free trade coffee also espouses an agenda that supports markets ahead of people, because he has read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and he did not see anything about a duty to provide care to the sick and suffering, and if it is not spelled out in those documents, it simply is not a duty, and certainly not an American duty.

Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America.

Mr. Mackey’s solution to the current problems with health care in the U.S.:  Let them eat (organic) cake.


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