- Politics and Social Issues
Capitalists' New Ways of doing Business
The TPP is just among one of them
The TPP, a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is one of those new business deals that have recently been exposed. It is almost like a peace treaty version through its professional facet; appearing high and mighty in the outside, wanting to work with people in the globe. However, it is just a fancy way of waging war- not war on corruption, but war on innocent people for the sake of resources (same story, new ways of doing things). And we, as Americans, are affected by this as well: this affects our jobs at home, our continue addiction to high priced prescriptions and all its side effects, our addiction to coal, gas & oil for energy, and more ways of doing business that is hazardous to our environment and our relationships overseas. Capitalism is a vicious cycle that only gets worse, with new names and ways of doing business, with the same consequences.
Those who argue about raising low wages have to understand that raising wages will still not set employees free of the industries that continue to serve food that makes people ill because it maltreats its animals and ships food from afar, having it store for long periods of time until the next customer makes that order. Is not just about having enough money to survive, but having decent options that will enable us to survive as well. And though we can choose where and how we eat by buying in the farmer’s market, for example, and cooking at home, there is also an illusion of choice.
For one, urban areas access to farms is not only far, but its new culture of community gardens is only accessible to a few. There is a limitation to farmer’s markets and they are still heavily controlled by the government. This whole organic deal is a joke. The government’s definition of it is on the basis of how much GMO’s it injects, which is one of the leading causes of death. There are better ways to preserve food but consumers would have to find out through the farmers who grow it. The problem is that most are heavily regulated by the government, which means following rules based on certain misconceptions & phenomenons, rather than the better judgment of the farmers & the real science to issues of agriculture. A documentary that sheds some light into this topic is, "Farmageddon," where some family farmers are shut down.
Green capitalism is another illusion. Its finances still functions through the same corruption we see in our grid systems. I’ve even heard of green energy companies being financed by those dependent on oil & gas, as a customer to one of the green-markets in NYC (that shouldn't come to no surprise, since we are living in a Capitalist system). Plus not to mention the wars being waged on innocent people in order to get to these resources, such as the case of Plan Mexico or Plan Merida, and of course in other countries with oil revenue. Plus the process of tapping into oil & gas creates fracking, a contamination of our water and air, causing sensory, respiratory, neurological damage, as well as creating acid rain and ground level ozone. You can view the images & details in dangersoffracking.com
But going back to green energy companies under Capitalism, profiting out of sustainability does not make it less corrupt because of clean energy, especially when it is still backed up by dirty businesses. It is simply putting the environment before the people. We need a prosperous economy and well being for all people, not just a few. We need to include people before environmental issues because who will take care of the environment? We should be including everyone in taking care of nature, rather than thinking is enough to do your part, while those who fall prey to the system trash their environment because it becomes hard to care for themselves.
But even if everyone takes a chance in reducing plastic bags, for example (one of the products that is heavily relied on and made from oil), it becomes impossible to vanish it all together because the government does not turn garbage into energy or compost it for urban farms (since we don’t really have that many). Therefore we have no choice but to continue throwing our garbage into plastic bags because the government wants people to be dependent on these corrupt resources so that it can continue to profit over it.
The result, therefore, is more landfills and more dependency on oil. This is another example that even those who are informed, are misinformed under this system. Therefore the combination of this and segregating the other half of the people in being part of solutions is one of the many things that has us continuing in a path of doomsday. Not insinuating the world will end soon, just that our natural habitat is being slowly destroyed by Capitalism.
There was a Chinese mother who gave me enzymes (a natural product you can make and use for different purposes, which is good for the water and air) at the market and told me that she cannot sell her items because it is not ethical. This is an example of what real sustainability is. The reality at the moment is that we need money to survive, but the problem is the extend of what we will do for money at the expense of people and the environment. Though there are capitalists who are simply driven by the Capitalist system (not necessarily because they are greedy & selfish), there are others who really do not care about this planet.
To learn more about issues & solutions to environmental degradation through a Communist perspective, readers can go to http://www.revcom.us/environment/index.html. To check out the current news on a town's water containing lead poisoning in Michigan, go to http://www.revcom.us/a/425/what-poisoned-the-people-of-flint-en.html. We need a revolution for many reasons: The destruction of our planet & the harm that its doing to people due to Capitalism is one of them. To also check out how a Socialist society would do things differently, check out http://www.revcom.us/a/426/how-a-socialist-state-power-would-handle-a-water-crisis-like-flint-en.html.
What do you think about these issues? Do we need more state control, centralization, better recycling laws, taking suggestions from Rob Hopkins? most importantly, should states take suggestions from climate scientists or others who know more about working with the environment? Is it that they don't know what they are doing or are following rules blindly through capitalism in order to to save money?