The Capitalism Critique: Part 2
p4- Capitalism is unsustainable & eventually exhausts all resources
We are witnessing how the industrial revolution dramatically increased resource production, and how now that resource production outpaces resource regeneration we are racing towards the depletion of all resources. Corporations have over-fished the world’s oceans. Without standards of sustainability, hundreds of loggers cut down trees and nearly none of them replant new trees. Corporations exhaust the publicly shared resources, and also pollute the same environment they exist within. And considering there is no central planning in Capitalism, there are thousands of mini-homicidal corporations whose individual destruction and plundering adds together to speed up the destruction of all resources in the way that a torrent file downloads.
All of the US oil is already depleted. Peak oil describes how prices of oil will dramatically rise after half of all the oil is depleted as the remaining oil will be harder to extract. It’s shocking to think about the era of driving to work and fast food ending, but it’s demise in inevitable. Some environmental activists believe it’s already too late to save the world as it is described in text books. That world has been exhausted. Our kids will never know that world.
p5- The problem of having no capital
In the Capitalist state, every worker is trading their labor for currency that is exchangeable for whatever they desire, but what about those who have no currency to exchange? Set aside the cultural brainwashing of first asking, “Well are they working?”, and consider for a moment how one exists within the Capitalist state without money. People aren’t allowed to build makeshift homes or garden on publicly available land, so without money they are left to starve and be homeless. The fear of starving and becoming homeless keeps the working class going to their jobs. We design government to provide “aid” to the poor because we feel terribly guilty about their condition. Poverty is part of this system’s design, and corporations expect charity organizations to catch all those people that fell through the cracks, clean them up, and get them back into working, paying rent, and buying their products again.
p6- Everything is a commodity, everything is a market
Nothing in this world is free. If it were, that would be in direct market conflict with existing business. Existing business will employ political influence and call for police intervention if their right to earn profits is infringed. It doesn’t matter how many of the rights of the people are infringed as long as corporations have the right to earn profits at any cost. Access to housing and food must cost money, although we could design a system where necessities were provided for. Capitalism has given way to Fascism that prevents other forms of governments because industry controls government. Education, nutrition, medicine, and all other industries are for-profit industries. Even when they are supposedly enriching you, they are extracting wealth from you. Humans are treated as human resources and they too are exhausted for profit and discarded. All biological life is expendable, for sale, and intrinsically worthless in the eyes of Capitalism.
p7- Capitalism is a mathematical formula not tied to the natural environment, and has no ethics of morality
The economy only exists in hypothetical equations. Economists imply that market equilibrium in the free market will somehow bring morals and ethics that are left out of the design of Capitalism. This of course has been proven false. What if market equilibrium is a few giant corporations and millions of landless servants? How does the market self-correct if the very actions of the market destroy the environment the market needs for survival? Economists cannot statistically determine which market interventions will provide equality of access, paths to self-actualization, rights of passage, or happiness and relief for all classes. These kinds of ethics are oddly left out of their equations. If human life is about exploration, rest, reflection, insight, and making sovereign decisions it seems to be missed by our computer-programmed economy. Corporate exploitation can only be put in check by informed citizens shaming the world-destroyers and their psychopathic infinite profits mindset. If we want morals and ethics built into the system we have to demand it. We have to demand days off, vacation time, and maternity/paternity leave. We should demand much more and demand a far better standard of living. All we have to do is raise that bottom standard of living from homelessness and poverty for all people, and if doing so necessarily requires a change in system then that is what we must do. Protest corruption, engage in honest dialogue about the stress of our current system, create alternatives like community gardens, and work towards mutual aid and support. We mostly all want access to the same basic goods and rights, and we shouldn’t sacrifice access for all people for endless profits for the few.