The fortieth anniversary of Woodstock is a time to reflect on the awesome power of the market. Its ability to colonise, corrupt and suck the life out of all that is good and noble and inspirational is unbounded.

The story of the market’s total victory can be told by comparing the original Woodstock festival in 1969 with "Woodstock 99", an attempted reprise of the famous love-fest where the ideals of youth rebellion and the counter-culture reached their apotheosis.