May 06, 2008

Freedom? No, thanks

Bram E. Büscher is worried because
more and more facets of life are becoming embedded within a competitive-market framework whereby goods, services, and agency can be traded monetarily (commercialization). Relationships, for instance between humans and nature but also among humans, that were previously free from commerce are transformed into commercial relationships, whereby the laws of demand and supply increasingly determine values.
"Free from commerce" sounds awkward because commerce is an expression of freedom. Let's try to improve the whole sentence. Relationships that were subject to coercion and violence are becoming free and voluntary, and thus guided by demand and supply.

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