[sixties-l] Why I Hate Capitalist Globalization

From: Ron Jacobs (rjacobs@zoo.uvm.edu)
Date: Wed Jul 25 2001 - 11:30:20 EDT

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                    Capitalist globalization kills. The police murder on June 20, 2001
    of a young Italian protestor named Carlo Guliani made this only too clear.
    Unfortunately, Guliani's was but the latest in a round of killings of
    anti-capitalists by law enforcement types: four people were killed in Papua
    New Guinea and over thirty died in Brazil during anti-globalization
    protests in the past couple of months.

                  These numbers do nothing to approach the less publicized yet
    more common deaths that occur daily around the world due to the effects of
    this latest stage of capitalism. Children die of hunger and lack of medical
    care while the G7 leaders wine and dine in luxury. Civilians die in wars
    whose causes relate directly back to the ravages of colonialism,
    imperialism, and its current successor-that which the capitalists and their
    media call globalization. AIDS and other diseases ravage the world's
    impoverished populations because the medical and pharmaceutical players on
    the global capitalist game board want healthy profits and poor people can't
    help them there. People die of waterborne diseases because they can't
    afford the price of water after their water systems have been privatized.

                 The world's primary offender, the most felonious nation of
    them all-the United States-attacks countries and popular movements at will
    with its missiles, bombs, and chemical sprays when those countries and
    movements refuse to abide by the rules the US sets. Rules which are
    designed to benefit the world's wealthiest citizens and the businesses they

                 According to the self-described leaders of the capitalist
    world, global capitalism is the only structure that the poor can ever hope
    to benefit from. They tell us with a straight face that the wealth created
    for the wealthy will trickle down to the rest of the world's citizens if
    the multinational corporations and their client governments were just left
    alone to do what they wanted. If this were so, why hasn't it happened? I'll
    tell you why. Because capitalism doesn't work that way. Under capitalism,
    wealth accumulates at the top and the more wealth those at the top
    accumulate, the more wealth heads upward. The system of capitalism is not
    designed to create equality, it is designed to create very rich people and
    their opposite-very poor people.

                 The only time workers and the impoverished ever get a piece of
    the pie that they can live off of (much less their fair share) is when they
    fight for it. If one looks at world history since the capitalist
    globalization project began after World War Two they will see that this is
    the case. If one divides this postwar period into before and after 1973,
    they will notice something else, too. Before 1973 the rich nations
    encouraged state intervention in the economy to make people's lives a bit
    easier. Wages were reasonable for most northern white male workers and jobs
    were secure. Thanks to popular movements against racism and the ruling
    elites' need to prevent unrest, laws designed to end discrimination against
    people of color and women were passed, opening up more opportunities for
    members of these groups. In addition, social welfare systems were
    established to protect the poor and disenfranchised from the worst ravages
    of capitalism.

                  Since 1973, however, such intervention became less common,
    which has led us to the reality of today where even the richest nations
    have substantial populations of citizens without medical care, decent
    education or even an income they can count on. In short, the third world is
    now globalized. If true globalization were to occur-where the poorest of
    the poor were as powerful as the richest of the rich, there would be no
    anti-globalization movement. Of course, that's not going to happen.

                 Capitalists never want to give up any of their gold. They
    would rather kill. Even more graphically than Carlo Guliani's death, the
    wars of the past century prove this. If there was one common thread that
    held them all together, it was the drive for profits and control of
    resources and markets. If there is one common thread that holds the current
    phase of imperial capitalism together, it is the drive for profits and
    control of resources and markets. The G7 and their cronies as represented
    by the WTO and other organizations are not going to let us in. Indeed,
    their system demands that they keep the world's working and poor people
    out. They need us to do their work for them, whether it's slaving in a
    sweatshop in Asia or serving a McDonald's burger in suburban America. And
    they need us to buy their ridiculous brands, whether that be
    sneakers or the latest Hollywood cinematic nonsense.

                 The movement against global capitalism is about telling the
    capitalists that the people of the world don't need them. Indeed, the
    capitalists are discovering they need us much more. That is why they
    pretend to care. They don't understand that we don't want our so-called
    leaders invited to their meetings, nor do we want their money thrown at the
    problems their system has created. We want their system to end, so we can
    replace it with one that puts the needs of humans before the needs of the
    bankers. Just as the Stalinist state capitalist regimes of theformer Soviet
    bloc collapsed (with a few good shoves from their peoples), so can the
    capitalist states of the western world. El pueblo unido, hermas sera vencido!

    -ron jacobs


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