posted on Jan, 23 2003 @ 09:37 AM
I'm no great fan of capitalism, especially when melded with the U.S. fanatical devotion to exploitative corporate practices.
However, if the U.S. were to say "hi, were capitalists, as such it makes sense to take this country over no matter what the loss of life to them
because frankly we don't care" then at least we could all turn round and say, well, they're capitalists, what did we expect.
Then maybe the whole world would address the issue and political adgendas such as Bush's current administration would be regarded as equally
tyranical and destructive as Saddams (all beit on a much larger and more global scale)
Honesty concerning what capitalism actually does in these circumstances could cause a global reapraisal of its implications.
However whilst it hides its ugly head behind pseudo humanitarian excuses there will allways be a fair percentage of the populace willing to believe
that Nike trainers grow on trees that exploitation is a minimal and necessary evil to preserve ones way of life, that, for example, purchasing clean
air shares from poorer countrys is perfectly justifiable because one really couldn't survive with more expensive petrol and only one car.
Covering up the implications of ones actions in the name of capitalism or, and pehaps this is worse, not admiting to its implications in the first
place is, in the long term, far more dangerous to the world than living under an economic philosophy that should, if honesty were to be employed, die
out of its own accord.
[Edited on 23-1-2003 by Lupe_101]