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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.

“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

Naming the Seven Billionth Child by Mithu Sengupta
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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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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…

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. 

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