People talk about it being your own responsibility to provide yourself food water and shelter, but the problem lies in the fact the general population
doesn't have access to that food and housing because the resources are monopolised and kept artificially scarce, in order to exploit the population
for profit (just like what is happening with oil right now). Profit on something that you can't do without, you can't choose not to eat or
If the general population had access to provide their own food, or build their own shelter, then you would have an argument. But the way the system
is set up only those at the top of the pyramid scheme have access to the machinery, technology, and wealth to create their own food and shelter.
We at the bottom are forced to 'purchase' our food and shelter, and the control of that supply is out of our hands. What is wrong is private
individuals exploiting our basic need, survival.
Is survival a right for all? Should our survival be at the whim of those that control the system that monopolises our food, water and shelter?
Most people don't seem to realise that we have enough resources to feed the world over, but some go hungry because someone else feels they have the
'right' to exploit your basic needs. Your right to survival is taken away from you, and then sold back to you at a price, that's exploitation at
it's worst imo.
I'm not saying we should be given free food and shelter, but we need to change the system to one that doesn't exploit but actually benefits all of
The means of production and resources should not be in the hands of private individuals, they belong to all of us, and no one has a right to take them
away from you.
Capitalism! Profit! Serfdom! Exploitation!
It is the poverty of millions of people who cannot afford to buy food that causes starvation. This conclusion has been reached by Vaclav Smil in a
recent study entitled Feeding the World(29). An F.A.O. study by Nikos Alexandratos confirms this point. He writes
Food availabilities for the world as a whole are today equivalent to some 2700 kilocalories per person per day …., up from 2300 calories 30
20% of the world's population consumes over 70% of its material resources, and owns over 80% of its wealth although this global elite includes
people in almost every country, it is mainly concentrated in the Westernised, consumerist nations: the US. Canada, Western Europe, Saudi Arabia,
Australia and Japan...
The USA alone, with only 6% of the world's population, consumes 30% of its resources.
There is enough food to feed everyone on this planet 2,500 calories per day, which is not including fruit, groundnuts or root vegetables.
The world has enough resources to feed its growing population if political leaders can get past "short-term interests", the head of the UN's
food agency says.
Does the world have enough resources to eradicate hunger? (PDF)
There can be little doubt that the world at present has enough (physical) resources to produce enough food at affordable prices for all. The
additional food needed to eradicate hunger would represent only a very small increment to present day production. Even food needed in the foreseeable
future (taking into account population growth and improvements in diets) probably will not face major global production constraints.
There is no doubt the capitalist system is exploitative and not good for the majority of the world population, in fact many of the worlds population
are dying as a direct result of it. But I don't really expect anyone to care, the system has conditioned you all to only care about your own
survival at the expense of others. Real Christian values eh?
[edit on 17/7/2008 by ANOK]