The video you just watched is a product of the website FreeMarketAmerica.org, an off-shoot of Americans for Limited Government, which although sounding like a cool thing, is actually a cover for campaigns against NPR/PBS, President Obama’s Health Care reforms, and, by way of using faux-environmental doublespeak, regulations intended to curb environmental destruction.
Please allow me to go a little politico for a moment….
The idea that markets are, or could in any way be, “free” when racism and classism are facts of life for more people than you could possibly imagine, is one of the more naive conclusions I have seen Right Wing libertarians come up with. The idea that inequality is somehow caused by businesses being held accountable for their practices, and that equality is achieved by businesses being allowed to run amok is typically the brainchild of people who do not experience the ramifications of inequality on a daily basis. The idea that freedom is in some way hindered by regulations on pollutants is the quintessential Right Wing fodder we should all be used to hearing. Of course, Right Wing prop as non-discreet as the above is not necessarily what one expects to see promoted by yoga personalities represented by yoga’s talent agency, YAMA Talent, which is, in part, what makes this finding so interesting.
As a retort, I turn to three pieces by antiracist, author, and educator Tim Wise.
First, in order to understand why “free markets” as defined by Right Wing libertarians is inherently racist, I direct your attention to the essay “Racism, Free Markets and Libertarian Deceit: The Problem of Whiteness as Property.”
A quote to wet yr appetite:
“Under a libertarian “utopia,” the accumulated wealth from centuries of admittedly non-free market actions on behalf of whites and against people of color would be left in place, and its holders allowed to continue banking their privileges, to the detriment of fairness and future free exchange.”
Next, we recommend Wise’s essay “This is Your Nation on White Privilege (Updated).” Since it is our belief that people who have not fully engaged the concept of white privilege with a humble open mind are not ready to engage in discourse on how a so-called “free market” economy “works,” we feel taking a closer look at how white privilege manifests in daily life to be of utmost importance.
Here’s a taste:
“White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because ‘every family has challenges,’ even as black and Latino families with similar ‘challenges’ are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.”
Finally, if you are unsure as to what is actually meant by the invented terms “white” and “whiteness,” and how living in a society that identifies a specific class of people as such can create inequality regardless of the political paradigm in play, please watch the following video:
Thank you for this interruption. You may now return to supta kurmasana…
…an asana that makes breathing as fun as debating against Right Wing libertarian politics.