This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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There is no such thing as a capitalist free market

Economic liberalism promises to promote an environment of ‘equal opportunity’ and free trade. The problem is that even if we began in a context of real equality of opportunity, for example with a blank slate, each man having a certain allotment of resources, and then allowed competition to have its way, freely, then this context of relative equality would immediately cease to exist. As soon as one business fails and another absorbs a portion of that market, the latter grows and is as a matter of course more advantageously positioned than anyone else who must start from zero. This process of concentration whereby the successful swallow up the rest, first due to aptitude and then due to power pure and simple, is the major blind spot of free market ideology. The truth is that a market that is left to itself will quickly become captive. Thus, ironically, the only way to maintain a market of relative freedom and to allow competition to actually function in a meaningful way, it is necessary to impose strict limits on the amount of control one successful business can exercise on the market.

It is generally admitted that monopolies destroy competition and market function, but it is ignored that capitalist ideology paves the way for concentration of economic power.

A functional market is always a balance between principled regulation and profitable, competitive activity. Too much of the former leads to socialism and too much of the latter leads to capitalism. Neither are truly free markets.

A market that is truly free—in which as many businesses as possible can participate and that permits supply and demand to function meaningfully—is always going to survive as a manipulated and even and enforced economy of limits and meaningful intervention. This is how it has always been. Contrary to what the capitalists would have us believe, we find in history it is not ‘the survival of the fittest’ but a highly developed system of customs and obligations that characterize the spontaneous, natural, and human state of things. Man lives in community with other men, and communities are reciprocal and cooperative or else they are nothing.

People have to be propagandized, pressured and berated in order to get them to act according to capitalist ideology, telling him against his better judgement that he ought to behave according to pure self-interest and that anything else is an affront to human freedom.

The worst we can say about modern men is that they’ve listened, and many have believed.

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