… There is not, and there has not been in the world, such a terrorizing and vile violation of human rights of an entire people than the blockade that the US government has been leading against Cuba for 55 years,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno told reporters.

The United Nations has passed the resolution [to end the embargo] for 22 straight years with overwhelming support. Last year the vote was 188 to 2, with only the United States and Israel voting against the resolution.

Many would-be reformers of capitalism (including the Labour Party propagandists and the Independent Labour Party) urge that if only the capitalists would pay higher wages to the workers, enabling them to buy more of what they produce, there would be no crisis. This is utopian nonsense, which ignores the inevitable laws of capitalism — the drive for profits, and the drive of competition. The drive of capitalism is always to increase its profits by every possible means, to increase its surplus, not to decrease it. Individual capitalists may talk of the “gospel of high wages” in the hope of securing a larger market for their goods. But the actual drive of capitalism as a whole is the opposite. The force of competition compels every capitalist to cheapen costs of production, to extract more output per worker for less return, to cut wages. Just in America, where the “gospel of high wages” was most talked of to conceal the real process of capitalism at work (intensified output from the workers, with a diminishing share to the workers), the resulting crisis has led to wholesale wage-cuts in every industry.
—  Rajani Palme Dutt

It is a paradox of third world nationalism that the nation itself was more or less forged by colonial partition and then later become a force of emancipation for the colonized. In this sense, the nation must be understood as both a product of colonialism and a form of resistance to it. Nationalism, then, in this context, is the cultural practice of constructing a political (and moral) community that is self-determining, limited by territorial borders, and bound together by a shared language, a common history, and a culture (Anderson, 6). The problem with this for most third world peoples was that, within any given colonized territory, there were a wide variety of ethnic groups which each had their own distinct language, history, and culture (Howe, 110). What then, under these conditions, is the basis of nationhood?

The colonial encounter is undoubtedly the main force that served to forge a national identity among different ethnic groups. When Western Europe first spread its parasitic tentacles into the third world, disrupting the mode of life of even the most isolated tribes, at that moment, it began to impose a common experience of oppression and exploitation on every ethnicity in that geographic region (Prashad, 12). From this common experience, a nascent national history was born. The history of the colonized nation, then, began with the colonial encounter.

The West also forced the first national language on various colonized peoples, generally the language of the colonizer. To this day, most national languages in Latin America and Africa are those of their former colonial masters. Thus, French is the national language of Senegal and Niger, Spanish is the national language of Mexico and Argentina, and English is the national language of Ghana and Nigeria. That is not to say that native languages have been eradicated and replaced altogether with the colonizers language, but with few exceptions, these native tongues are not recognized or promoted by the national government. It is the colonizers language that is taught in the schools and spoken in government circles.

Even the culture of the West penetrated every colonized territory, tearing apart the native cultural matrix and relegating it to secondary status. Traditional beliefs, rituals, customs, values and norms were deemed to be “barbaric,” and when threatening of the colonial order, were violently suppressed (Fanon, 236). In turn, the “civilized” beliefs, rituals, customs, values, and norms of the colonizer were imposed on the colonized. A comprador class of natives was indoctrinated in the ways of the white man in order to help facilitate the oppression of their own people. These “civilized savages” became the intellectual and cultural agents of colonialism, imposing on the colonized the very culture of its oppressors (Rodney, 254-261; Fanon, 223). Thus emerged the first traces of a national culture, albeit an alien culture imposed on the colonized. It is in the struggle for national liberation that this alien culture undergoes a qualitative transformation, culminating in a synthesis of the remnants of traditional cultures, the progressive aspects of western culture, and the revolutionary culture created through this emancipatory struggle.

People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.
—  Jason Read
I wasn’t against communism, but i can’t say i was for it either. At first, i viewed it suspiciously, as some kind of white man’s concoction, until i read works by African revolutionaries and studied the African liberation movements. Revolutionaries in Africa understood that the question of African liberation was not just a question of race, that even if they managed to get rid of the white colonialists, if they didn’t rid themselves of the capitalistic economic structure, the white colonialists would simply be replaced by Black neocolonialists. There was not a single liberation movement in Africa that was not fighting for socialism. In fact, there was not a single liberation movement in the whole world that was fighting for capitalism. The whole thing boiled down to a simple equation: anything that has any kind of value is made, mined, grown, produced, and processed by working people. So why shouldn’t working people collectively own that wealth? Why shouldn’t working people own and control their own resources? Capitalism meant that rich businessmen owned the wealth, while socialism meant that the people who made the wealth owned it.
—  Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography
"Don't you know communism has killed millions?!"

DEATHS CAUSED BY CAPITALISM:

  • Native American Genocide, 1500s-1900s (direct killings and death from plagues; North, Central, and South Americas combined): 100 MILLION [x]
  • Atlantic Slave Trade, 1500s-1900s (princessbuggie helped with this one): 4 MILLION [x]
  • September Massacres, France, 1792: 1,200 [x]
  • Famines in British India, 1837-1900: at least 165 MILLION [x]
  • Potato Famine/Great Irish Famine, 1845-1852 (an anon helped with this one): 1 MILLION [x]
  • Cholera Outbreak, Industrial London, 1849: 15,000 [x]
  • United States Civil War, 1861-1865: at least 600,000 [x]
  • Building First Transcontinental Railroad, United States, 1863-1869 (princessbuggie helped with this one): at least 1,200 [x]
  • Belgian Occupation of the Congo, 1886-1908: 10 MILLION [x]
  • Spanish-American War, 1898: 17,135 [x]
  • United States 20th Century Coal Mining Industry: 100,000 [x]
  • Courriéres Mine Disaster, France, 1906: 1,549 [x]
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 1911 (vivianvivisection helped with this one): 146 [x]
  • World War I, 1914-1918: 16 MILLION [x]
  • Building the Hoover Damn, United States, 1922-1936: 112 [x]
  • Shanghai Massacre of 1927: at least 5,000 presumed dead [x]
  • United States Intervention in Latin America, 1929-1987 (progressivefem helped with this one): 6 MILLION [x]
  • The White Terror, Spain, 1936-1975: at least 100,000 [x]
  • World War II, 1939-1945: at least 60 MILLION [x]
  • Benxihu Colliery Explosion, China, 1942: 1,549 [x]
  • Burma Railway, Thailand-Burma, 1943-1947: 106,000 [x]
  • Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945: at least 245,000 [x]
  • Bodo League Massacre, Korea, 1950: at least 100,000 [x]
  • Vietnam War, 1955-1975: 2.3 MILLION [x] [x]
  • Guatemalan Civil War, 1960-1996 (an anon helped with this one): 200,000 [x]
  • US Intervention in the Congo, 1964: 1,000 [x]
  • Indonesian Anti-Communist Purge, 1965-1966: at least 500,000 [x]
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1965-2013: 21,500 [x], 1,000 more Palestinians have been killed in 2014.
  • Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988: at least 315,000 [x]
  • Bhopal Disaster, Madhya Pradesh, 1984: 16,000+ [x]
  • United States Railroad Workers Killed on the Job, 1993-2002 (princessbuggie  helped with this one): 1,221 [x]
  • Rwandan Genocide, 1994: 1 MILLION [x]
  • United States Deaths Attributed to Cigarette Smoking, 2000-2004: ~1.7 MILLION [x]
  • War in Afghanistan, 2001-present: 57,457 [x]
  • Darfur Genocide, 2003-present: 10,000 [x]
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011: 55,034 [x]
  • Mexican Drug War, 2006-present: at least 100,000 [x]
  • United States Workers Killed on the Job in 2012, as reported by OSHA: 4,628 [x]
  • Hunger (un-feuilly-de-papier helped with this one): 21,000 per day [x], 16,000 of them children [x], 3,000 of them children specifically in India [x].
  • Worldwide Occupational Deaths: 6,000 per day [x]
  • Poor shelter, polluted water, inadequate sanitation, often from homelessness (sideeffectsincludenausea helped with this one): 50,000 per day [x]
  • Occupational Asbestos Exposure: 107,000 per year [x]
  • International Sex Trafficking: 30,000 per year [x]

"Communist Death Toll," according to The Black Book of Communism: 94 million

Capitalism Death Toll: 369 million (369,790,731), according only to the statistics I could get sources for. This number doesn’t even scratch the surface.

But, guess what? Tomorrow, we know for sure that capitalism will kill at least 77,000 more people.

Text
Photo
Quote
Link
Chat
Audio
Video