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The modern religion

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, October 1st, 2012 - 10 comments
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‘Business Business Business’ is the endless chant from the Nat’s business will be our savour, all business is good of-course. Bad businesses, well they will go out of business, generally because they cant compete or are poorly managed, but mostly not before they have stolen all your savings, which in the case of a good bad business you will never have any chance of recovering.

Businesses needs to be competitive they chant, and competition we are told by the Nat’s and Labour, will be our savour, free trade agreements, globalization, the end result will be cheaper products for you the consumer. It would be helpful to have a job tho wouldn’t it, so you the consumer can consume some of these great new cheaper products, products that will make your life so fuckin easy you won’t need to work any more.

So go on say it, “competition is good, business is good”, say it while you are picking through the rubbish for aluminum cans, say it while you’re sitting on your couch wondering how you will afford the rent this week, say it while you are standing in the dole queue about to be humiliated by one of Bennett’s henchmen, say it while you are hosing cow shit or flipping buggers.

Business&Competition will be our savour, and our salvation is just around the corner, ‘free beer tomorrow’ the sign above the bar says and it has been hanging behind the bar for the last 50 years.


10 comments on “The modern religion ”

  1. Shona 1

    saviour to save savour to relish a flavour

  2. ianmac 2

    “…or flipping buggers.”
    The imagination is stretched!
    Canterbury Schools closures are about Business/money.

  3. Jokerman 3

    “Greed is Good”-Gecko

  4. Bored 4

    ‘free beer tomorrow’…hahaha..the money gets made today and kept by the business…..

    Actually the way we make a living is to exchange something (time, product, whatever) and ask for a fair exchange : what we generally do is to ask a little more so the exchange favours us. For the life of me I cannot find any examples of cogent economies where humans don’t do this. Nor any where the exchange does not end up favouring specific parties.

    If capitalism were gone tomorrow you would still see our ingrained habits toward trade. And we would be railing against unfair traders. Like we do today when we deride business. And the same people who want to spend someone else s result for their purposes would still be demanding to do so. And the same people who claim it is their result alone would be hoarding it and finding reasons why the former people were not worthy of a cut.

    What to do?

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      For the life of me I cannot find any examples of cogent economies where humans don’t do this.

      Really? Go read Debt: The first 5000 years then. In it Graeber list numerous societies that did exactly that. In fact, his difficulty is in finding a society that had trade as the basis of society.

  5. tracey 5

    And john key is the brian tamaki of the nz church

  6. And Hillary Clinton was thinking “This man is not Civilised” when she met Key.

  7. The Greens, well that clown Norman anyway, have a sub-religion, they call it continued growing manufacturing and employment.

  8. Richard Down South 8

    I highly recommend watching BBC – Surviving Progress. Its well worth it

  9. Yeah a bit more explanashun on our exculunt religion

    Skitovsky called it: “a “joyless economy” in which people endlessly pursue comforts to the detriments of pleasures.”

    “Using two measures of subjective well-being, one study found that materialism was negatively related to happiness, meaning that people who tended to be more materialistic were also less happy. When people derive a lot of pleasure from buying things and believe that acquiring material possessions are important life goals, they tend to have lower life satisfaction scores. Materialism also positively correlates with more serious psychological issues such as depression, narcissism and paranoia. Ironically, a person’s pursuit of happiness through the “American Dream” will make them unhappier.”

    Will you join? Its excullunt aye?

    Enjoyed your article thanks Mr Smith.

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