The Dark Side of Capitalism
By Frank Curzi
How Capitalism Hinders Progress
Cancer, in many of it’s forms, has been cured since 1977. This premise should be enraging, but yet, not at all surprising given our present monetary system and the methods in which one prospers under it. Free market capitalism isn’t interested in egalitarianism, in fact, equality is detrimental to the systems financial sustainability. The cure for a great deal of various cancers is out there, and we have the technology to create a nearly cancer free world in the future. However, there is one thing that stands in the way of cancer patients everywhere: crony capitalism. The un-regulated drive for money is the main reason cancer is still so active in society. Simply put: It is more profitable to sustain the cancer treatment industry than it is to cure people of cancer. Cancer treatment is a billion dollar industry, and there are many billionaires who have a vested interest in keeping cancer around to be treated as long into the future as possible.
The simple truth is that this practice, and others like it, are the inevitable end result of free market capitalism. In its very nature, free market capitalism will inevitably lead to monopolies and oligopolies. The mentality of “everyone wins if we all try to out compete each other” is flawed in its very premise. When one company trumps a certain market, it often obtains complete control over standards and practices, content, distribution, and cost. The National Cancer Society, under the legality of our free market system, uses government funds to vilify and discredit the cure for cancer, all for the hopes of keeping cancer around so it remains profitable to treat. The free market economy, coupled with those who consider it patriotic to blindly endorse it, have created a moral twilight zone for the global community.
Consider the following: There are enough ships/planes and plenty of food to feed every human alive today. The food is here, the transportation required to get it to the hungry is here, yet, every 4 seconds, a human being starves to death! Don’t be fooled. This is not due to some incredible complex system creating an economy in which the common man can’t possibly effect or understand. The current state of world hunger is not some accidental or inevitable consequence of human productivity. It is the direct manipulation of market systems in order to create an unending debt owed from a country to some branch of the corporatocracy.
All of this can be overwhelming. It is tempting to conclude that this is all blown out of proportion, and that human beings wouldn’t willing treat each other as such. The truth, is so very bitter. Indeed, most people wouldn’t commit horrid acts upon others for money. I sincerely believe that 99.99% of people would not withhold the cure for cancer. But therein lies the problem, it is not the people who have moral say over the actions of major industry, rather, it is the 00.01% who own the corporations that have the power to write or destroy policy that directly effects their wealth. Corporations are considered people too, and therefore, an obvious question arises: What happens if a corporation donates millions to get a politician elected for the sole purpose of limiting regulations on his company? It is a scary, and all too real. At this point in American democracy, we are electing corporations masked behind politicians. Dick Cheney went from the CEO of Halliburton to the Vice President of the United States, shortly after, we are at war in Iraq and Halliburton is the corporation responsible for rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure.
What do we do? There is no quick fix, and any form of regulation or government intervention has the same ability to be corrupted by finances as the very corporate structure itself. Therefore, before we talk of change in the government and economy, we must first have a change of philosophy. We must treat money as a means to grow people rather than people as a means to grow money. The United States economy venturing into crony capitalism has created a world economy in which an abundance of wealth is horded by 1% of the global community. The United States contains 5% of the world population yet uses 25% of earth’s resources. This is not a success, you can not replicate this system, there will simply be not enough of resources for the mass majority of people. There is no set reality, we humans created our situation and praised it to the point that we have become blinded and disinterested to the millions of various ways we could economize our resources, and create a system that is truly a “free market”.
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