"It is instructive to see the politicians and business owners -- from Bush to Obama and from China to Russia to Germany to the USA -- united in their powerlessness over the economic system itself. The recession makes it clear that people don't control the economy -- the economy controls people. Just as the economy controls what you can do for work, what you can buy, and how you live, the system controls the actions of the politicians and the business managers who supposedly are in charge.
This is precisely backwards from how an economic system should be. A reasonable system would serve people -- giving them the things that they need, responding to their collective decisions, and balancing human interests and environmental concerns. Capitalism, to the contrary, by its very nature manipulates and constrains people -- forcing humans to adjust to the system's imperatives -- while destroying the natural environment. Capitalism silences the self-determination of the population, while selecting a lucky few to hold somewhat more power to act within its artificial constraints.."
to read PB Floyd's article from Slingshot #99, spring 2009, visit