Tag: capitalist growth vs human development

Social morality and the propaganda machine

30 March, 2022 · Morality

Social morality and the propaganda machine
Social morality and the propaganda machine

Social morality and the propaganda machine combine and feed each other in a game of hypocrisy and barbarism. This week the media reaction to a slap at the Oscars, the silences of feminism over Ukraine, the claims of European farmers or the drifts of the anti-war movement in Russia, made it clear to us: nothing but inhumanity and decadence can be expected from the ruling class nor the petty bourgeoisie.

Food security and war economy

14 March, 2022 · European Union · Global situation

The sunflower oil crisis has raised the alarm about European food security and opened the door to an agri-food war economy.
The sunflower oil crisis has raised the alarm about European food security and opened the door to an agri-food war economy.

“Food security” is moving to the forefront of the priorities of European states. The agrarian war economy that shaped the EU in the Cold War is back on the immediate agenda. Far beyond sunflower and grains, globally there will come a famine and a new international division of agri-food production; and in Europe a regression of social relations in the countryside and a new push towards the most harmful elements of the agri-food industry. Agri-food production is on the way to becoming war production.

Spike in Covid deaths: invisibilization of victims, end of restrictions

2 February, 2022 · Global situation

Denmark has lifted all Covid restrictions
Denmark has lifted all Covid restrictions

Peak Covid deaths: The Spanish government reported on February 1st 408 Covid deaths, a number not seen since March of last year. In France there were 357. The UK broke the record for the year with 1,121 deaths. In Argentina 240. And in the USA the average number of deaths continues to hover around 2,500 per day. And yet, the worldwide news is the end of the Covid restrictions following Denmark and Norway’s examples, where, by the way, cases are multiplying.

The crisis of the city and the crisis of capitalism

14 December, 2021 · Global situation

Ghost city in Yunnan, China
Ghost city in Yunnan, China

It is expected that 65% to 70% of the world’s population will be crowded into cities by 2050. The news warns about the urban population of tropical countries literally dying of heat exhaustion in their cities, while there is no week in which images and videos of some new Chinese ghost city -product of large-scale real estate speculation- fail to show up in the international media.

Tornado wave: under the human disaster lie precariousness, forced labor and paper houses

13 December, 2021 · USA

Tornado wave
Tornado wave

Media around the world spoke this weekend of the tornadoes in the U.S. and their impact on a candle factory in Kentucky, an Amazon distribution center and hundreds of razed homes. The White House called for investigating whether the disaster is related to climate change. But the cause of the human disaster is much simpler: precarious workforces and bonded laborers who can’t walk off the job even in the middle of a natural disaster as well as wooden houses unable to withstand storms and freezing temperatures.

Environmentalism as a new state ideology

3 December, 2021 · Critique of ideology

The shift from environmentalism to state ideology also means a transformation of science and its frameworks mediated by state policy objectives dictated by the needs of reviving capital accumulation.
The shift from environmentalism to state ideology also means a transformation of science and its frameworks mediated by state policy objectives dictated by the needs of reviving capital accumulation.

Environmentalism is beginning to be refined and distilled as a state ideology beyond the pressing need to impose the Green Deal. This trend goes beyond propaganda. It constrains scientific development and paves the way for a brutal acceleration of poverty imposed on the working class.

The origin of Covid

7 September, 2021 · Global situation

The origin of Covid

The Anglo-Saxon press keeps the origin of Covid’s virus -SARS-CoV-2- as an open question. Scientists however realized long ago that the theory of “escape from the laboratory” has no material basis. The theory of animal origin, defended in the WHO report, strengthens and, far from excusing Chinese capitalism, reveals its most anti-human contradictions… and those of capitalism in general.

One hundred years of insulin, a century of artificial scarcity and death

6 September, 2021 · Global situation

insulin

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery and purification of insulin, a natural hormone crucial for treating the growing epidemic of diabetes and on which, in theory, there has been no patent attached for decades. However, the world’s insulin production is still monopolized by a handful of companies in Europe and the U.S., which sell it at astronomical prices. The WHO has described this situation as a “catastrophic moral failure” and it certainly is, but how did this happen, and more importantly, how do we get out of it?

Plastic: a 100% capitalist problem

12 August, 2021 · Global situation

Plastic in a fisher's beach
Plastic in a fisher's beach

Right now there are over 7.4 billion tons of plastic on the planet and it is estimated that by 2050 there will be 40 billion tons. In 2010 alone between 5 and 13 million tons of plastic wound up in the seas and oceans. The EU insists on selling us a “circular solution” and the press reassures us with miraculous technologies and bacteria. But the problem of plastic and its pollution is cumulative… and it is accelerating further with the Green Deal. The causes are not to be sought in the technology or processes themselves, but in the very heart of the capitalist system.

Antibiotics and Humanity’s development

4 August, 2021 · Global situation

Antibiotics

The industrial development of antibiotics is often presented as one of the last great contributions of capitalism to human development. It was so, but fraught with contradictions from the very beginning. Antibiotics were industrialized for war and were the basis on which the great global pharmaceutical monopolies were built. All in all a breakthrough for the species. But the triumph against bacterial infections is a race against the clock and is being lost. The reason? Developing up-to-date antibiotics is not attractive enough for big capital.

The degeneration of written language

3 August, 2021 · Morality

Degeneration of written language

A statistical study conducted at Princeton University that uses the contents of 14 million books in English, German and Spanish as its source material has just been published. The study spotted verbal patterns typical of each language which indicated “cognitive distortions” associated with depression, anxiety and pathological pessimism. The researchers’ hypothesis is that this degeneration of written language reflects how “entire societies may become more or less depressed over time.” They are not misguided.”

The quantum race: from militarism to the privatization of internet

27 July, 2021 · Global situation

Prototype of a light-based quantum computer in Jiuzhang, China. With this computer, China has taken the lead in the quantum race.
Prototype of a light-based quantum computer in Jiuzhang, China. With this computer, China has taken the lead in the quantum race.

China is getting ahead of the U.S. in the quantum race. Last week, it announced beating Google’s most advanced quantum computer. Meanwhile, IBM began installing a major quantum computer development project in Germany, announced to great fanfare by the German government, which it claims will generate €75 billion of “value.” The imperialist conflict is being played out in several fields at once. Information technologies and in particular the quantum race are among the main ones.

Extreme weather events: Is climate change to blame for deaths in Germany and Belgium or fires in the US?

19 July, 2021 · Global situation

Floods in Germany have caused severe damage and deaths mainly in flood-prone areas and buildings erected next to slopes and potential landslide areas, as in the photograph.
Floods in Germany have caused severe damage and deaths mainly in flood-prone areas and buildings erected next to slopes and potential landslide areas, as in the photograph.

It is well known, and this is stated in all official scientific reports, that climate change increases the risk of extreme weather events. However, this is something very different from such events necessarily translating into death and destruction of entire villages as we have seen in Europe or massive fires as we are seeing in the USA. If this has been the case, it is because states are not fighting against climate change and its impacts on populations, but for the Green Deal, that is, for subordinating this goal to the recovery of capital’s profits by extracting income en masse from the workers.

The war of the chips and the contradictions of capitalism

17 June, 2021 · Global situation

Printing chips on silicon
Printing chips on silicon

Chips are in short supply. The production chains of the semiconductor sector, have been in crisis for several months. Industrial branches that depend on electronic components – 60% of all factories in some French regions, for example- report that they are suffering from critical shortages and automotive production lines are forced to slow down their production. Producers of microprocessor manufacturing machinery and other components are running out of capacity. And this situation will last for long.

The economy’s health parasitizes the health of workers and of society as a whole

21 May, 2021 · History

Field hospital during the «Spanish flu» epidemic
Field hospital during the «Spanish flu» epidemic

This week, the WHO reported that global working hours keep lengthening and that excess working hours kill nearly three-quarters of a million people a year worldwide. Late last month it was also reported that excess mortality -not taking into account covid- has multiplied in recent decades in the US. The overall health of the population keeps getting worse as GDPs and accumulation keep growing, but this wasn’t always the case. There was a period when the health of the economy and the health of the general population were aligned, but that ended a century ago and there is no going back. What happened and what is left for us to do to reverse this trend?

Intellectual property and the pandemic

9 February, 2021 · Global situation

The “No profit on the pandemic” campaign is spreading an important message throughout Europe: the intellectual property of pharmaceutical companies is a barrier in the way of halting Covid’s spread. Unfortunately, the reasoning is at the very least incomplete and the means unproductive. But it is worth a discussion.

What Covid reveals about agriculture and food

31 March, 2020 · Global situation

Agricultural and food production has become dysfunctional even within the parameters of the system itself. If agriculture and the food sector are increasingly regulated, subsidized and financialized, it is simply because capitalism does not even work to meet social food needs and the system itself has to prop it up by accumulating band-aids… that do not fix its own underlying dynamics.