The article was straight forward in pointing out the real culprit of this financial crisis: capitalism and globalization. Unlike the stereotype that we have of all revolutionary and radicals that they are just whining and hormaly imbalanced individuals, this article offers a clear solution and that is to end neoliberal policies and construct a new economic policy. It is interesting that these countries that we consider as developing or even underdeveloped have a clear grasp of the issue at hand. This paper was drafted by people who are gravely affected by the crisis and by the people who suffer most in our capitalist society and thus, they should be heard.
“Capitalism is putting an end to humanity and the planet.”
A well constructed statement that’s very straight to the point. Capitalism works on profit and by that we mean getting more from what a product is actually worth. Mass production and large factories are created not in the country wherein the goods will be sold, rather in countries wherein there is cheap labor, slack environmental laws, and poor labor codes. It is only through this that they can save on the production and sell the product at a cheaper price even though the workers are greatly exploited. Capitalists like the United States need to keep the developing countries poor because if the developing countries become rich, who would work for them in their factory? Who would want to work in a hazardous working condition with a measly compensation? Well, the people who have no other option. The capitalists know that by keeping the poor people poor, then they will have a huge supply of people with no other options.
“…capitalism that threatens to put an end to the existence of life and the planet.”
True enough, the facts were laid. Developed countries produce more waste and carbon dioxide emissions than developing countries. In the United States alone, we can’t support our demand for raw materials to the point that we have consumed more than we make. Capitalism tells us to buy and buy because it’s cheap. Do you ever ask why it is cheap? The answer is export. Somewhere in the world there is an oppressed farmer who has a lot of produce but is paid lower than what it’s really worth. Again, they are the people with no other options.
What we have is a capitalist society driven by consumption. If we consume more than what we can create then we are depriving other people from it. We are exploiting countries, farmers, and families. The financial crisis was rooted in the United States, the country that bolted its economy with debts just so it can generate more profit. And just like what the article said, injecting more money to the economy won’t work unless everyone learns to control their consumption and become self-sufficient.
“The solutions to the energy, food and climate change crises have to be integral and interdependent.”
I agree in all sense because a change in isolation is of no use. You can’t spark change like not using plastic when there is a larger-than-life factory that produces plastic, the very same company that financed the candidacy of the politicians. The thing with our government is that those who are in office do not represent the majority of the people because though he or she won in the election, his interests are still of the sector that he or she represents. In the case of America, almost all of them are from the elite class of company owners, landlords, and political dynasties. Whose interests will they serve? That of the majority of the landless, jobless, and poor or their own elite class that hails the capitalist economy?
We need change, and change can happen but it is through collective effort and not by a man alone. As this article states “We are firmly convinced that change, which all the world is hoping for, can only come about through the organisation, mobilisation and unity of our peoples.” For this world to last longer and for humanity to survive, we must be self-sustaining and synergistic. Capitalism is not a part of the synergy.