instead of paying women the same as men, pay men the same as women and see how angry they getAnd give white people— even billionaire CEOs— the same pay as a worker/employee of Color and watch the hysteria really fly. Just a reminder that capitalism is inherently racist/white-supremacist and misogynistic.
if capitalism is so voluntary, why does america have to keep using the cia to make sure other countries keep it?
If the free market naturally corrects problems, why do we have to give subsidies to large business interests and bail out banks?
If capitalism ensures that those that work the hardest make the most money, why doesn’t a coal miner make as much as a CEO?
Saying basic income makes people dependent on the state is like saying cars make people dependent on the road. When your environment requires a car to get around, you’re more dependent without the car, not with it. Put two and two together here.
People talk like basic income makes people dependent on the state, but when your basic needs get met, you’re less dependent, period. Which is more dependent: Sick in a homeless shelter, or healthy in a stable home and able to seek work? Basic income guarantees the latter. Same thing with single-payer healthcare. Long-term inpatient care for a preventable disease is more dependent than that disease prevented.
A person not saddled with a mountain of healthcare bills is more independent. A college graduate not crushed under student loans is more educated and more independent.
The “free market” being sold to us doesn’t give freedom. It shackles us in the name of freedom for someone else.
One of the most troubling things about the AIDS epidemic is that it could have been stopped so easily by rolling out life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on. Not only do ARVs prevent HIV from developing into AIDS, they also reduce transmission rates and increase people’s willingness to get tested.
But Western pharmaceutical corporations have colluded in pricing these essential drugs way out of reach of the poor. When they were first introduced, patented ARVs cost up to $15,000 per yearly regimen. Generic producers were able to manufacture the same drugs for a mere fraction of the price, but the WTO outlawed this through the 1995 TRIPS agreement to protect Big Pharma’s monopoly.
It was not until 2003 that the WTO bowed to activist pressure and allowed southern Africa to import generics, but by then it was too late – HIV prevalence had already reached devastating proportions. In other words, much of the region’s AIDS burden can be directly attributed to the WTO’s rules and the corporations that defended them. And they are set to strike again: the WTO will cut patent exemptions for poor countries after 2016.
This dearth of basic drugs has gone hand in hand with the general collapse of public health institutions. Structural adjustment and WTO trade policies have forced states to cut spending on hospitals and staff in order to repay odious debts to the West. Swaziland, ground-zero in the world of AIDS, has been hit hard by these cuts. When I last visited I found that many once-bustling clinics are now empty and dilapidated. Neoliberalism has systematically destroyed the first line of defence against AIDS.
The point I want to drive home is that the policies that deny poor people access to life-saving drugs and destroy public healthcare come from the same institutions and interests that helped create the conditions for HIV transmission in the first place.
capitalism is antithetical to the human condition. it has necessitated a damaging emotional severance from not only each other but ourselves as well. it has turned our need for human contact and relationships into a privilege that only a few can afford without having to compromise their survival. capitalism has deteriorated our bonds as people in order to serve the interests of the ruling class. it is destroying our humanity. it has turned our very existence into a civil war.