Capitalism - The End Game?
Before you read any further into this thread i want to remind you (the individual reader) that you are, before anything else, a human being. I want to
strip you of anything that makes up your overall identity, so i am asking you to leave your gender, political stance, class, age and any possessions
right here so you can explore the end game of capitalism from a neutral perspective.
For capitalism live and thrive it requires constant expansion.
This being the case, capitalism is unsustainable. I believe that the end game is
in sight as we simply cannot feed the troll any more.
Clearly, societies in the first world countries are breaking into tiers. The middle-class is declining, the working-class increasing and the rich are
still making all the money.
Big business is driving capitalism and it's looking to buy up existing and new markets. The privatisation of markets and services that provide the
population with basic life necessities is the ultimate symbol of capitalism coming to a disastrous end. Lets take a look.
- The United States is a shining example of how big business has turned what was once a necessary human service into a money making
profit machine. Human's need healthcare and this is blatantly being abused. People should not profit from sickness. People should not be priced out
of care. I am not suggesting that healthcare isn't an expensive thing in modern times, i just believe that big business is keeping it expensive in
order to profit and we all know that's wrong. Morally bankrupt and works against the majority. In the UK the are currently trying to sell off parts
of the NHS in order for big business to make more profits. I have to pay for my dentist privately because i cant get on as a NHS patient - The prices
are extortionate, £25 just for them to LOOK at your teeth, £40 per filling, £50 for a de-scale & clean. It gets worse.
- I especially want to focus on private landlords charging extortionate prices in order for people to put a roof over their heads. It
currently requires a 20% deposit in order to obtain a mortgage. If you dont have that then your only other options are to live at home with the
parents and save the money or move out to pay a landlord a ridiculous amount of money for your "own" place.
- Jobs in the retail sector (of the UK) have tripped over the last 30 years, however, large reduction in Full time work, Increase in
low paid, part time work (flexiwork?) Not enough jobs to go around, working class people demonized for being benefit claimants,working poverty
becoming a huge issue affecting many people.
Despite multi-national companies consistently reporting annual profits in their billions, many of
their workers are unable to afford a basic standard living (because they are not being paid a proper wage, they are being paid the absolutely minimum)
Privatization of Gas/Electric/Water/Transport suppliers
- Heating poverty now affecting more people than ever before. Elderly especially unable
to heat their homes. Prices have risen well beyond inflation and continue
to shoot upwards annually. Price of a day rider in Leeds before 9.30
is £4.80 - The minimum wage
is £6.18p/h (highest band available to those 21 and over) So
technically the first 45 mins of your working day goes to pay for your transport. Rail fairs looking to increase on average at
6.2% though some fares could rise by up to 11%
People are effectively
being taxed to go to work.
Cost of running a car
- Price of fuel consistently remaining high,
Unleaded stands at £1.32 per litre, Unleaded at £1.49 per litre.
onto that Road tax, insurance (Sky high for the youth), annual MOT (And any repairs deemed needed) The average cost of running a car will run into its
thousands for many people.
Price of food has rocketed
. Nuff said. Tesco's making billions, paying their workers very little, now wanting to expand into India.
Okay so that's how capitalism has effected the first world, now lets take a look at the rest of the world.
are common place in any developing country. These are factories were their workers are paid poverty wages and usually work in
dangerous conditions. These people are exploited and the goods they make are exported to first world countries and sold extortionately to the
consumer. Nike, Primark, Wal-mart, Ikea and American Apparel are all known abusers of this cheap labour - but the list continues to grow.
Damage to the environment
because capitalism only wants to make profit. This includes pollution of all types that negatively effect the
population. Only a few days ago someone posted a picture on ATS of bejing and how polluted the air was. This is obviously bad for their citizens that
will, over time cause health problems - That will be capitalized on. Companies such as coke are well known for polluting local water supplies in order
to make their product.
Starvation (Or hunger)
- Around 925 million people hungry in
the world today.
While in the UK alone 15 million tonnes of food is wasted per year (mainly
Waste is not anything to blame directly on capitalism, but the way that capitalism (as a trade) has sought to supply and demand
food is obviously having a negative effect upon the world.
But the overall point im trying to make here...
Is that everyone
is getting screwed. The only people that are getting anywhere, are those who are already rich and standing at the top of the
pile. The rest of the worlds population is struggling to keep these "job creators" and the like, in complete luxury - at our expense.
Figures clearly show that the worlds wealth is being sucked upwards towards a small minority people while the bottom feeders are plunged and chained
into poverty. food for thought
And so with the current trend continuing i have to ask you, what happens when there is no more left to give? When people, even in the west, just
simply cannot afford to live? Where then does capitalism expand to?
What happens when they own everything ?
Ive tried to make this thread as well as i can and honestly... i feel maybe a clearer point could have been made. I hope regardless that people still
choose to discuss this topic. Thank you for being patient and reading.