by Alastair Crooke, The Burning Platform:
Terrorists need news channels and vice-versa. Politicians need terrorists and vice-versa. There’s a symbiosis between these three that works like this:
Terrorists create and feed off of fear.
News channels deliver fear to the masses.
Politicians use fear to get what they want.
Some people may object to these facts being specified, but they’re true just the same.
Private and Public Opportunism
In this symbiosis, we see the rapacious natures of both the public and private sectors. I’ll begin by picking on the private sector.
I believe deeply in free markets, but if the participants don’t bring morality and decency into their markets, plenty of ugliness will remain. Free markets, after all, are ad hoc mechanisms of interaction, and nothing more. A market contains only the morality that its participants carry into it.
Now, the truth is that mom-and-pop operations tend to be remarkably decent and moral. There are occasional exceptions, but they are exceptions.
Big commerce, however – and by that I mean the “pay politicians for laws and regulations” kind of commerce – tends to run after anything that brings in more money or pumps its stock. Such corporations seldom bring morality into their markets. And if governments try to enforce law in their markets, it’s a good bet that they can be paid off. (Where’s Jon Corzine these days?)
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