Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
reply to post by TheAnarchist
That is not "Capitalism"... A lot of what happens in Africa is ETHNIC DIFFERENCES which lead to war, and atrocities between difference groups...
In different countries in Africa there are WARLORDS who attack, and use other ethnic groups for whatever goals they have in mind such as in
There are also places in which Islamic extremists have been murdering and displacing millions of people for decades such as in Sudan...
What happens there HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CAPITALISM...
Again, if you are going to discuss a topic LEARN ABOUT THE TOPIC YOU ARE WRITTING ABOUT instead of just spewing ignorance left and right...
The diamonds are a non-issue, they're merely an example of inequality permanently inherent in the System. What about sweatshops and other forms of
slavery, etc. etc etc.? Capitalism creates inequality because profits are put before people. This would probably be inherent in any
profit-driven consumerist economy, and my point is, we need to move away from consumerism's obsession over quantity
and more towards
again, and maybe, just maybe, rethink how we should operate as a planet-wide community.
Capitalism and the system of excessive competition and ridiculously high demand for production turnover isn't going to work for too much longer. I
don't know if you've noticed, but we're not in the 19th century anymore, and we're running out of sh#t. Oil, trees, water, land, etc., it's all gonna
go one day. Just because you won't be alive to see it happen is no
valid excuse to leave a barren world to your children.
When will all disease be cured? Never, because pharmaceutical corporations depend on sickness. When will we move off finite sources of energy, like
fossil fuels, and start using the plentiful sources of free natural non-polluting energy? Never, because of the insane amount of profit that is made
by keeping us all hooked on oil - you can't sell free energy, right? When will humanity live in peace? Never
, because there is no profit in
peace. My only argument is that Capitalism is flawed
, which you would have to be a deaf and blind fool to disagree with, and I think we can do
Capitalism is going to break down whether we like it or not. It's the natural evolutionary course of human economics on a planet where resources are
finite and technology is replacing human labor. Imagine in another fifty years, assuming we make it that far, how many more jobs will become
automated? Where are all these people going to work for a living? The class divide will increase and the System will inevitably collapse and our
corporate-government overlords will resort to fascism to maintain control.
Capitalism's solution is: wipe out the overpopulation of humans with genocide and war.
My solution is: the world is only as overpopulated as we make it: let's come up with a new
system that can sustain everyone's needs, rather
than repeating the same mistakes. We're human beings for christ's sake, not commodities, and we're smarter than this. Continuing in this manner is
assured systemic suicide. Bailing out banks and creating more consumer goods won't prevent it. We need to re-think everything
, including, and
especially, our dependence on capitalism.
Oh, and I've learned about the topic I'm writing about. I f#cking live in it, mate. Don't condescend on me in capital letters with a weak argument and
then call me ignorant just because you disagree with my opinion.
P.S. - nowhere did I say we should change to communism or socialism.
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