Capitalism is a Curse: “A Case Could Be Made That Unregulated Capitalism Is Destroying the World”

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Capitalism and a primitive, violent society:

I was born here in the US, grew up and went to school here. Like everyone else, I was taught that I was fortunate because I lived in the greatest, most democratic country in the world. We are such a good people that we voluntarily intercede in other countries to ensure that the people’s freedom is maintained.

As I grew older and wiser, I began to realize that I, along with millions of my fellow Americans have been conned. Not only are we Americans not the peace loving, freedom loving, democratic folks we pretend to be, but we are a primitive, violent people.

We have, and continue to engage in several wars in the Middle East with countries that pose no threat to us; we are threatening to expand our war efforts to include Iran, a country that has abided by the nuclear treaty it signed and offers no threat to the US; we are involved in the coup attempt in Venezuela where the US is sponsoring the overthrow of the Maduro socialist government. The US has a history of undermining and overthrowing any government that attempts to take care of the working class and have them share in their country’s wealth.

But, what has motivated me to write this article is what is occurring on the Mexican, US border. Tens of thousands of immigrants, seeking asylum from their home countries or escaping from poverty and starvation, seeking a new life with more opportunities in the US, have been imprisoned in concentration camps…

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Currently, capitalism is cutting down the remaining rain forests for short-term profits, the value of which will be dwarfed by the costs of the environmental consequences. In actual fact, unregulated capitalism is a criminal enterprise that is destroying the environment that supports life. Another way of saying this is that unregulated capitalism is a mass murderer.

Yet the mass murderer has many defenders and apologists. Indeed, far more defenders than a courageous opponent of the police state such as Julian Assange has.

For Americans, making a buck is the largest value in the society. The people making the bucks don’t care that they are making the world uninhabitable…

The author of the following article has it almost right, he just needs to drop the ‘unregulated’ and tell it like it is: “CAPITALISM IS DESTROYING THE WORLD”:

A Case Could be Made That Unregulated Capitalism Is Destroying the World

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS • JULY 15, 2019

Today there are reports of toxic algae blooms affecting the French Riveria, Lake Erie, and the Gulf of Mexico. See: https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/07/this-years-wild-wet-spring-has-led-to-massive-blobs-of-toxic-algae/?utm_source=mj-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=food-for-thought-2019-07-14 , https://www.theweek.co.uk/102263/holidaymakers-warned-about-toxic-algae-on-french-beaches?_mout=1&utm_campaign=theweekdaily_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter , and https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2017/4/26/florida-phosphate .

Corporate farming is a huge contributor to toxic algae blooms. In days of old, farming was done intelligently. Every year part of the land was left fallow or planted with soil restoring plants that were plowed under. This practice kept the soil from being exhausted. Today farming is done in order to squeeze every cent of profit out of the land. Over-utilization exhausts the soil. Chemicals take the place of crop rotation. Corporate farming requires the massive application of chemical fertilizers. Rains cause the applied phosphorus to run off into streams, which carries the pollutant into rivers, lakes, and seas. The Gulf of Mexico has large areas of “dead zones” where no life exists. Phosphorus gets into aquifers and pollutes water supplies. These highly costly events occur, because business is permitted to impose its costs on the environment and on third parties dependent on environmental resources that are degraded and destroyed by unregulated capitalism.

Currently, capitalism is cutting down the remaining rain forests for short-term profits, the value of which will be dwarfed by the costs of the environmental consequences. In actual fact, unregulated capitalism is a criminal enterprise that is destroying the environment that supports life. Another way of saying this is that unregulated capitalism is a mass murderer.

Yet the mass murderer has many defenders and apologists. Indeed, far more defenders than a courageous opponent of the police state such as Julian Assange has.

For Americans, making a buck is the largest value in the society. The people making the bucks don’t care that they are making the world uninhabitable. They will have their yachts, their private airplanes, their mansions, and their fancy women. However, their progeny, if any, will have a diminished future.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)

Source: A Case Could Be Made That Unregulated Capitalism Is Destroying the World

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