By Christian Marx
There is a foul stench emanating from planet earth. The noxious smell emanates from a single destructive paradigm. That festering greed is known as capitalism. On a single planet with finite resources, the philosophy of capitalism is terminal for the planet and all who reside on it.
Capitalism is based on the exploitation of people and individuals in order to make a profit.
The suffering from capitalism eclipses that of all other ideologies combined. Below are just some of the ways that capitalism continues to kill and destroy lives.
Arguably the single biggest taker of lives is Imperialism. Wealthy and powerful nations go to war against resource rich, less powerful nations. America has killed an estimated 25 million people since WW2! Four million Muslims have died as a direct result of the Western Middle Eastern wars for oil and gas.
Another offshoot of Imperialism is mass migration, particularly from refugees displaced from the direct conflict. This dislocates families and causes much pain and suffering. Especially when children are lost to bombs.
Throughout history, those who have been affected by the horror of wars are then persecuted for merely being refugees. This is very evident, particularly in modern day Australia. People are now being left to rot on Manus Island and Nauru in subhuman conditions, merely for fleeing and seeking refuge in Australia. This is appalling, considering that Australia is signatory to the Refugee Convention of 1951. It is not illegal to seek asylum.
What makes this even more disgusting is that these camps are being run as a profit venture. Shocking human rights abuses have occurred at these camps, including rapes, bashing’s and even murder. Chronically sick patients do not get the medical care they need as these gulags have no proper medical facilities.
With the underemployment at another 10% according to Roy Morgan. This is being deliberately orchestrated by government, so as to keep wages low for big business. Compounding this is the punitive measures being inflicted on those who are unemployed. The criminally low unemployment benefits of Newstart are well below the poverty line, which stops people from rising out of poverty. With so few jobs and a massive unemployment/underemployment problem, Newstart must be lifted. It is only a matter of time before we see real tragedies, such as the thousands of deaths being linked to poverty in the U.K.
Global warming has been overwhelmingly scientifically proven to be man-made and is a very real threat to all life on the planet if it goes unchecked. Despite the scientific facts, paid propagandists spruik lies and disinformation on behalf of the fossil fuel industry. This is dangerous, as it muddies the waters and pushes ignorance and distrust of scientists. Large corporations do not want to end their gravy train of using fossil fuels and have no care what happens to the earth in generations to come. Current profits are all that matter to them.
Corrosive media propaganda
Private media is owned in order to turn a profit, and is owned by a select few, very wealthy oligarchs. Increasingly it is now used as a propaganda tool. Division of the populace is the modus operendi. Constant disinformation and racial, religious and cultural scapegoating are designed to divide and flame the fans of division. Conservatives do this, as their policies are so toxic to the average person, they need hatred and blame shifting to distract away from their own horrendous policies.
An educated population would reject Neoliberal policies outright, which is why the wealthy power brokers need a dumbed down and frightened nation. Ignorant and fearful people will vote for more power from the elites.
Capitalism has proven to be a catastrophic failure for the majority. It can no longer even maintain a decent standard of living even in the West … despite the billions of dollars it extracts from all its Imperialist wars. The only solution is a socialist economic system. Egalitarianism must be championed, and greedy self-interest condemned. Only a well-educated populace can change the system. Change must come from the people and will never come from the corporate puppets in the current two-party system.
Lord of The Flies
I will not be Lord of the Flies
That is conservatism
Their leaders scream lies
Create a mass schism
If one person is poor
If one lonely voice cries
Socialism must become law
Let the populace rise
A revolutionary is made
Not at all born
A real leader sets the date
They must resist evil Neoliberal spawn
The more the media push
The stronger we grow
Murdoch`s evil putsch
A rebellious seed will sow
The time has come
To expose this two-party farce
Let us beat the drum
To a revolutionary overpass!
Christian Marx is a political and social activist interested in making the world a fairer place. He has a Bachelor of Social Science and has a keen interest in sociology, politics and history. He was one of the organizers of the March in March rallies in Melbourne and is the founder of the progressive news and information page, “Don`t Look At This Page”, and is also a co-founder of “The Global Revolution” website.