Malthusian

We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
—  Richard Buckminster Fuller aka Bucky Fuller

For instance, the World Bank is essentially an American instrument, and the United States is a food-surplus nation threatened with loss of foreign markets for farm products as modernization of European agriculture proceeds. For the World Bank to finance such institutional reforms in developing nations as would lead them toward self-sufficiency on food account would run counter to American interests. U.S. farm surpluses would become unmanageable as the overseas market for U.S. farm products dwindled. Hence, the World Bank prefers perpetuation of world poverty to the development of adequate overseas capacity to feed the peoples of developing countries.

There is a yet more subtle point to be considered. Mineral resources represent diminishing assets. It is in the interest of developing peoples to conserve such assets for their own ultimate use in manufacturing industries, as these develop within the borders of nations rich in raw materials but backward in general development. In the short run such domestic use of mineral resources is not possible because of inadequate industrial capital and consumer markets place. The specter is thus raised that in the long run these countries will find themselves depleted of resources as World Bank programs accelerate the exploitation of their mineral deposits for use by other nations.

The long-term prospect is thus for these countries to be unable to earn foreign exchange on export account sufficient to finance their required food imports. The World Bank has foreseen this. Its proposals for population limitation in these countries is a cold-blooded attempt to extort from them their mineral resources, without assuming responsibility for the sustenance of these peoples once the industrialized West has stripped them of their fuel and mineral deposits.

Consider the alternative, that World Bank loans and technical assistance foster agricultural self-sufficiency among these peoples. Assume substantial success in this endeavor in, say, a decade. Thereafter, exportation of fuels and minerals would become a matter of choice by these peoples, not a necessity. Such export might continue at current levels; it might increase, or it might diminish. The decision to conserve or to dissipate exhaustible resources would be autonomous, a matter of choice by these peoples and their governments, not something imposed upon them from outside. The decision about desirable levels of population also would be a local matter, not something demanded among the terms on which capital resources are obtained from foreign suppliers. The peoples now dependent would escape that trap. This is not intended or desired either by the World Bank or by the government of the United States and its client regimes….

Excessive industrialization in the United States, coupled with increasingly wasteful uses of resources on armaments and on personal luxuries that are essentially trivial in terms of human well-being, makes essential the U.S. exploitation of the developing countries, their resources and peoples. The United States is in deficit on raw-materials account, but is unwilling to limit its industrial expansion correspondingly. It is in surplus on farm products account, but is unwilling to limit its agriculture accordingly. The peoples of developing countries therefore are to be turned into the instrument through which the otherwise untenable U.S. economic process is perpetuated.

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Michael Hudson, Super-Imperialism

jp morgan fired him for writing this stuff in the early 70s

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Another cold blast of bleakness to match the weather this morning! A new project from the drummer of the now-sadly-defunct Altar of Plagues. Sounds very promising.

“Gender ideology has become the perverse condition for cooperation and development…. I have noticed the existence of international programs that impose abortion and the sterilization of women. These policies are all more hideous because most African populations are defenseless, at the mercy of fanatical Western ideologues. The poor are asking for a little aid, and some people are cruel enough to poison their minds. Africa and Asia absolutely must protect their cultures and their own values. International agencies in fact have no right to practice this new Malthusian, brutal colonialism. Out of ignorance or complicity, African and Asian governments would be guilty of allowing their people to be euthanized. Mankind would lose much if these continents were to fall into the huge, formless magma of a globalization, which is directed toward an inhumane ideal that is in fact a hideous, barbaric oligarchy.”

- Cardinal Robert Sarah, God or Nothing

On This Day: June 2

International Sex Workers’ Day

  • 1381: Sir Robert Belknapp arrives in Brentwood to try and deal with the early stages of the outbreak of the Peasants Revolt.
  • 1763: Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac diverting garrison’s attention with game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into fort.
  • 1855: Up to 3,000 people, out of a population of 21,000, riot in Portland, Maine, against laws banning manufacture and sale of alcohol.
  • 1868: British Trades Union Congress (TUC) formed in Manchester at Mechanics Institute.
  • 1876: Christo Botev (Khristo Bôtef) dies. Bulgarian poet and revolutionist, propagandist, writer; first Bulgarian anarchist. Leads a partisan army of 200 fighters into Bulgaria to overthrow Ottoman rule. Dies in battle.
  • 1890: Louise Michel’s political opponents attempt to place her in an insane asylum. Michel flees to England.
  • 1906: After having attempted to kill Alfonso XIII of Spain at his wedding, Catalan anarchist Mateu Morral killed the guard transporting him to prison, and then committed suicide in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain.
  • 1919: Anarchists influenced by Luigi Galleani carry out a series of coordinated bombings across the eastern United States. Explosions also damage the homes of Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt; the bomber is killed in the process.
  • 1919: Luigi Bertoni and Italian anarchists, implicated in the “Plot of Zurich”, appear in a Swiss court today, after being held in detention the previous 13 months. The so-called “plot” was a political pretext to arrest Bertoni, publisher of Le Réveil communiste anarchiste, and others opposing World War I. A nationwide protest movement agitated for their release.
  • 1925: Gueorgui Cheitanov dies in Belovo, Russia. Anarchist militant captured and executed, along with his companion Mariola Sirakova and others, by the Aleksandar Tsankov led government during a crackdown on leftists following a Communist bombing in Sofia.
  • 1944: Benoît Broutchoux dies in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France. He was an anarchist, adherent of Neo-Malthusianism ideas and a “free love” advocate.
  • 1970: Lucía Sánchez Saornil dies in Valence. Spanish poet, painter and militant anarchist-feminist. A founder of the famed “Mujeres Libres.”
  • 1975: Group of sex workers meet to express their anger about the conditions they face, launches International Sex Workers’ Day
  • 1991: Procession in Sofia to the monument of Christo Botev, the first Bulgarian anarchist and national hero, who perished in the struggle for liberation of Bulgaria from Turkish power in 1876.
  • 1997: Richard “Tet” Tetenbaum dies. San Franciscan anarchist activist, co-founder of Bound Together Anarchist Books, where he worked for 20 years. 200 attend his memorial.
  • 2007: 80,000 protest in Rostock, Germany ahead of the G8 Summit.
  • 2012: Former Egyptian President Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for role in killing of demonstrators during the 2011 revolution.

anonymous asked:

how is overpopulation a myth (not saying i dont believe, just wanted to know how)

the problem of “overpopulation” boils down to artificial scarcity in the economy, a problem that can be overcome in a society where transactions aren’t mediated through an exchange value system. an example of this would be a hungry person being denied food. its not that there is one-person-too-many on this planet, and so that person must be left to starve, but that capitalism refuses to serve them because they dont have enough money. the same can be said of things like housing, which is obviously not distributed according to need but on the basis of payment. its not that we dont have enough houses to provide for the homeless, but that they can’t have shelter because they can’t afford it. this is looked at as a crisis of “overpopulation” that needs to be controlled through various “checks”, rather than a problem of the system in which we live. 

marx himself had a strong criticism of the malthusian doctrine in his own understanding of the “relative surplus population”. in chapter 25 of volume 1 of capital (penguin classics edition) he says things like, 

“The working population therefore produces both the accumulation of capital and the means by which it is itself made relatively superfluous; and it does this to an extent which is always increasing. This is a law of population peculiar to the capitalist mode of production; and in fact every particular historical mode of production has its own special laws of population, which are historically valid within that particular sphere. An abstract law of population exists only for plants and animals, and even then only in the absence of any historical intervention by man. 

But if a surplus population of workers is a necessary product of accumulation or of the development of wealth on a capitalist basis, this surplus population also becomes, conversely, the lever of capitalist accumulation, indeed it becomes a condition for the existence of the capitalist mode of production. It forms a disposable industrial reserve army, which belongs to capital just as absolutely as if the latter had bred it at its own cost. Independently of the limits of the actual increase of population, it creates a mass of human material always ready for exploitation by capital in the interests of capital’s own changing valorization requirements.

With accumulation, and the development of the productivity of labour that accompanies it, capital’s power of sudden expansion also grows; it grows, not merely because the elasticity of the capital already functioning increases, not merely because the absolute wealth of society expands (and capital only forms an elastic part of this), not merely because credit, under every special stimulus, at once places an unusual part of this wealth at the disposal of production in the form of additional capital; it grows also because the technical conditions of the production process – machinery, means of transport, etc. – themselves now make possible a very rapid transformation of masses of surplus product into additional means of production. The mass of social wealth, overflowing with the advance of accumulation and capable of being transformed into additional capital, thrusts itself frantically into old branches of production, whose market suddenly expands, or into newly formed branches, such as railways, etc., which now become necessary as a result of the further development of the old branches. In all such cases, there must be the possibility of suddenly throwing great masses of men into the decisive areas without doing any damage to the scale of production in other spheres. The surplus population supplies these masses. The path characteristically described by modern industry, which takes the form of a decennial cycle (interrupted by smaller oscillations) of periods of average activity, production at high pressure, crisis, and stagnation, depends on the constant formation, the greater or less absorption, and the re-formation of the industrial reserve army or surplus population. In their turn, the varying phases of the industrial cycle recruit the surplus population, and become one of the most energetic agencies for its reproduction.” p783-785

as well as

“Modern industry’s whole form of motion therefore depends on the constant transformation of a part of the working population into unemployed or semi-employed ‘hands’. The superficiality of political economy shows itself in the fact that it views the expansion and contraction of credit as the cause of the periodic alternations in the industrial cycle, whereas it is a mere symptom of them. Just as the heavenly bodies always repeat a certain movement, once they have been flung into it, so also does social production, once it has been flung into this movement of alternate expansion and contraction. Effects become causes in their turn, and the various vicissitudes of the whole process, which always reproduces its own conditions, take on the form of periodicity. When this periodicity has once become consolidated, even political economy sees that the production of a relative surplus population – i.e. a population surplus in relation to capital’s average requirements for valorization – is a necessary condition for modern industry.” p786

and (one more)

“Capitalist production can by no means content itself with the quantity of disposable labour-power which the natural increase of population yields; It requires for its unrestricted activity an industrial reserve army which is independent of these natural limits.” p788

sorry for the heavy quoting but hopefully you get the idea. capitalism requires that there be a “surplus population” for capital to dip into if it needs to expand production, or even if its just to discipline labor by reminding them that there are always others out there willing to take the job (“scabs” come to mind). 

this is counter to the idea that there are only so many jobs and that a portion of the population somehow manages to take them all. on the contrary, think about the cracked roads outside of your house, the broken-down buildings in your neighborhood, the dying flowers in your parks, the pollution in your lakes. is there work to be done? absolutely, but capital doesnt employ people for those things, generally leaving those jobs up for the public sphere to take care of, should the decaying world around us begin to affect their profits. therefore, much like there is artificial scarcity with food and shelter, the lack of jobs is also artificial and systemic, rather than being something universal across time and space. 

sure, there may be such a thing as an overcrowded city or region, but that has more to do with the geography of capital and urbanization and the history of those areas rather than being a problem that needs to be addressed through various means of population control. its also telling that malthusian arguments are generally made about third world countries, blaming them for their own poverty, rather than acknowledging the global system of exploitation in place that is often the source of their suffering. 

anyway, here are some links for further reading if you’re interested 

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/10/25/overpopulation-a-fact-or-myth/

http://www.colorado.edu/Sociology/gimenez/work/popissue.html (i like half-read this but it seems to be ok)

“Oi, shouldn’t this be an armchair challange too?”- A thingamajig about 3 Wishes.

Inadvertently, all wishes are selfish in nature
and of personal gain, so to speak
but if i can fool a genie, I’d try to do so
I’d probably wish to get more likes and reblogs on tumblr
cause these 200 something ain’t enough for me
by making it about the people and stuff
because its beneficial to read my works
I’d probably cause a population decline
cause I’m a god forsaken nihilist
a malthusian renegade or a whiny pissant
who has not place in 4 chan, let alone here
and finally I’d make it that…
(the following wish was censored as to not lose any followers
however, as a manchild, it should noted that my next wish is known
to the few followers that know me irl, at least some of them.
Ask them if you dare wish to know my third wish.
But i am most likely sure you won’t)

So Macron would, in an ideal world, restore the House of Bourbon and has suggested Africa is in a civilisational Malthusian trap and should stop having so many kids.

Hail ageplaying eugenicists. Hail our people. Hail victory.

“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” Buckminster Fuller

borderlineanders  asked:

why are mras so obsessed with cuckoldry why cant they be into turning into a lizard or their girlfriend growing huge and swallowing them like normal ppl

Well, I think it’s because so much of their worldview is about not just competition but Malthusian competition, IE There’s only so much to go around, someone has to lose and the losers get destroyed, that it instills that specific paranoia in them that they’re being gotten/taken-advantage-of even though nobody’s playing that game they made up in their own head.

It’s ironic that so many of them are gamers, and yet they don’t recognize that that is the exact behavior that defines what is called a fucking scrublord

anonymous asked:

How will communism combat climate change?

easily tbh. climate change is absolutely related to capitalism, from our factories, to the way we organize production in general, all the way down to the way goods are packaged, distributed, and consumed. 

capitalists are more likely to invest in means of production that will churn out products as cheaply and efficiently as possible, rather than in “green” technology, which often means they are horrible for the environment. you see right now that people are fighting the switch to new energy sources because they’ve already got so much money in things like oil, so obviously capital has become a barrier to any serious environmental project. 

any vegan that gets within 5 feet of you will probably tell about how harmful the animal industry is to the environment, and whether you want day-1-full-vegan-communism or not, at the very least the whole process would need to be revolutionized, which is really only possible when you get away from profit incentives.

with regard to distribution, and really this extends to all of us, the private/personal automobile is absolutely horrible for the environment and we should work toward public alternatives, especially those that dont do as much damage. unclog the roads by using more (”green”) buses and subways and trains and we’ll cut down on our pollution by a lot.

consumption is a problem too though, and so often our goods are packaged in materials that just sit in landfills and never break down, only made worse by the fact that we have a tendency to litter, something which i think that can be combatted more effectively than it is now, especially as a community, rather than private, project.

couple side things here, i live next to an intersection that has a pharmacy on every corner (walgreens, rite aid, cvs, and then one in the winn-dixie). how many pharmacies do we really need (doesnt actually need to be pharmacies. fill in for whatever you want)? dont you think if we narrowed it down to 1 that maybe we could use the other 3 lots for something better? maybe, i dont know, community gardens? public housing? stuff like that? wouldn’t it actually be better to try and combat some of that urban sprawl we’ve all gotten used to, without actually meaning really regressing, just taking a lot of the clutter out of the way? thatd certainly leave a lot more room for nature to just be nature, which is certainly better for the planet and its inhabitants than what we currently do where we chop down rain forests for hotels and things like that. 

socialists have a particularly strong argument and condemnation of capitalism when it comes to climate change and ecological crises, and thats one of the reason why eco-socialism has become fairly popular in recent years. john bellamy foster has certainly dedicated much of his time to tackling these issues, and i suggest you familiarize with some of the literature if this is something you’re passionate about or even just somewhat curious. just avoid the malthusian stuff (please, its nonsense).

Naming the Seven Billionth Child by Mithu Sengupta
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Photo via The Hindu / Subir Roy


Nargis is surely an unwelcome child, given the grim projections that surrounded the UN Population Fund’s declaration last month, that the world’s population was about to breach seven billion.  Experts have issued sombre warnings of the devastating impact of the growing number of humans on earth. We face a bleak future of environmental distress and scarcity, they say, in which even the basics of food and water will be in short supply.

One wonders why, on October 31st – Halloween, to be precise – the UN did not name a blue-eyed baby boy from Washington, Bonn, Sydney or Toronto as our uncertain world’s symbolic seven billionth? To be sure, this would be politically incorrect, for we live in times when the well-meaning, in their bid to be representative and inclusive, scramble to push women and minorities to the forefront.  But here is an instance where keeping to pedantic liberal pieties has suppressed an honest portrayal of things as they are.

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Some thoughts on third world famine.

Disease is a significant, probably primary, limiting factor in human population growth near the tropics. Further north food becomes the limiting factor, since the disease carrying insects are less common. This may be why some societies have developed agriculture and complex legal systems, their primary concern being food over disease. 

So this brings me to the thought. With the introduction of first world medicines, populations in the third world are booming. With that, food becomes a more limiting factor. This is likely the primary cause of third world famines and a major cause of conflict (conflict naturally resulting from a population boom while scarcity becomes more noticeable). I suppose the question becomes “why don’t these people readily adopt advanced agricultural and legal systems (they have, but not to the degree that’s desired or expected),” but that’s another thought. 

You know, it will forever piss me off how Malthusianism, the idea that everything is zero sum; that there’s only so much to go around; and that equality would mean austerity, is one of the chief right-wing tactics for destroying empathy for our fellow humans in the public square.

Because that’s what so much of their economic racism relies on, “If they win, you lose.” and everybody fucking plays into that like a patsy, along with their abhorrent foreign “we’ve got to get them before they get us” policy, which has been the root of so many of our sins from the Cold War and the rotting carcass of Cold War Policy.

There’s a reason that the cry of the “grown-up” right winger (Hell, even the milquetoasts who make up the Radical Centrist wing of the Democratic Party) is “That would be nice, but you have to be realistic.” and yet we keep playing into it…