We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Monday, August 13, 2012
Injured Workers Sew Lips Shut in Hunger Strike to the Death
The author provides another example of the social disasters caused by the latest, and final stage of capitalism--neoliberalism. It is an illustration of the social consequences of laws like NAFTA have against which workers of the Northwest in the US fought in Seattle in 1999. Not only have American workers lost their jobs, but those in "developing countries" are exploited and abused in order to serve the interests of the One Percents.
But, that is exactly the way the amoral system of capitalism works. Due to the advancements of technology created by working people--but which capitalists own according to the rules of their system--the One Percents are now able to set up their factories anywhere in the world where corrupt, oppressive governments can provide them with weak labor and environmental laws that guarantee them substantial profits. The system doesn't function to serve the welfare of societies, but only one segment of society--the major property owning class or the capitalist class. The wealth and power they accumulate blinds them to the social disasters that result from such a system.
So, the next time you view a TV ad like this extolling the safety features of Chevrolets, think about the unsafe working conditions faced by workers in "developing" countries like Columbia.
For the latest outsourcing incident, be sure to read this pathetic story of US workers training their Chinese replacements