Forget Global Warming: Inequality is the number one priority facing the human race.


The British Labour Party, the SPD in Germany, the Communist Party of India who govern West Bengal,[M[ and the ANC in South Africa have all bought into the false neo-liberal consensus that the most important political issue of the day is how one creates a dynamic economy which produces both economic growth and wealth. By doing so, all of these once progressive political organizations, along with countless smaller ones such as SF in Ireland, have become nothing more that the purveyor’s of gross inequality. For by choosing to trust big business implicitly and act as if it is a sublime influence within society, in reality amounts to inviting the fox into the hen-coop and by so doing we have ended up with a society which is the opposite of what the majority of the memberships of these organizations originally intended.

It is no accident that reformist politicians like Gordon Brown, Gerhard Schröder, Budhadeb Bhattacharya and Thabo Mbeki have been to the fore in advocating neo liberal economics, for they are people who in middle age have found it impossible to push against a closed door. Thus they were easily enticed by the power elite’s of big business that circulate like vultures around leading politicians, whilst making promises that would make a snake oil salesman blush with embarrassment.

The main task of Capital in the 21st Century is no different from that which it has always been, to enrich a small group of individuals at the expense of the mass of humanity. As with their counterparts in the past , todays political gofers of Capital have attempted to justify their reactionary policies with talk of the trickle down effect. Given that Capitalists and their political ilk have been using this preposterously pathetic excuse since the industrial revolution first began in the 19th century; and with the gap between the rich and the economically poor widening at an alarming rate in almost every nation on earth, the aforementioned theory has been proved to be wearing a little thin, not least as it is based on bunkum and absolute bullshit.

Thus for progressive politicians it is all very well talking about creating wealth, but in todays world that is far from the main issue, for the single most important factor today is how the wealth humanity produces collectively is distributed equitably. As it is, the vast majority of the wealth created sticks to the greedy fingers of those who provide the finance capital, those who actually produce the goods or provide the services receive very little of the profit from their labour; and what good is that for the majority of humanity. Indeed those who produce the goods and provide the services receive a smaller percentage of the profits that their toil provides today than at any time in the last 50 years, which in itself demonstrates the high level of greed and avarice Capital has descended to.

A mad rush for growth and wealth is pointless unless the mass of humanity benefits from it. Forget Global Warming as the number one priority facing the human race, it is a red herring which is designed to take humanities eye off of problems that could be solved in the here and now. Bar the odd G8 announcement on Global Warming, which are never followed through on, Capital has no intention of getting to grips with over production etc as under the current economic set up it provides Capital with such a delightful honey trough to get their greedy snouts in. Whilst Global Warming is an issue which humanity will have to deal or come to terms with, how we distribute the wealth we earn as a society is by far the most important and pressing question facing human kind in the 21st Century, For it is happening in the here and now and if we do not get this right we are on the road to barbarism.

Gross inequality is something we over look at our peril, for the ruling elite from China to the USA, the EU to the middle east, Russia to the continent of Africa are well aware of this fact and by passing prohibitive and draconian legislation it looks like they intend to deal with this problem not by redistributing wealth and creating a better life for all, but by oppressive administrative means which will reinforce the status quo.

One of the main hurdles to be overcome is that due to the detrimental legacies of Thatcherism and Reganomics, people are finding it difficult to face up to the question of a major redistribution of wealth. As they cannot get beyond the issue that private property is sacrosanct, even to the extent they now believe ‘God’s’ bounty water belongs to multi national corporations. Capital and its media gofers reinforce this viewpoint by making a big thing about Capital risking all when they are engaged in a business venture, as if they are like a guy climbing Mount Everest.

Those days are long gone if the ever actually existed, as today business people take risks with their own money in much the same way a man who has just robbed a bank does when he places all his ill gotten gains on the spin of a roulette wheel. Today even when a CEO losses the company they oversee and its share holders money, they walk away with a massive redundancy package. We have had plenty of examples of late when the CEO or members of the board’s of large multi nationals have awarded themselves massive wage hikes, bonuses or similar extravagances whilst the companies books show a massive deficit, but I cannot remember the last time I read that a CEO had risked their own money on a business venture. It is worth noting when the Northern Rock bank Chairman Matt Ridley gambled his customers savings in the Prime Mortgage Market, not a penny came out of his own pocket book.

Whilst I am not for a minute advocating a Stalinist state run economy, what I am saying is the increasing gap between the rich and economically poor poses a greater threat to human kind than global warming ever will, not least because it enforces billions of people to live short, ignorant and miserable lives. Not in 50 years time as is claimed to be the case with the approach of global warming, but in the hear and now!

If we refuse to get to grips with such blatant and unfair inequality, future generations can expect to live in a nightmare world in which the super rich live there lives terrified of the majority on whose backs they leach, whilst living a life of luxury and to protect their decadent pleasures they will demand of the governments they finance that they implement oppressive legislation against the ‘have nots’. A world in which an arrogant and ignorant middle class act as the political and economic gofers for this extremely wealthy elite, but who will possess none of the virtues of the post WW2 middle classes which made them such a powerful force for social change for the good.

Whilst the masses will either accept a slave like existence or be forced into permanent rebellion. Is that really the type of world we wish to will to future generations. If not we must get to grips immediately with the problem of inequality and find a reasonable and viable way to redistribute fairly the wealth that the mass of humanity creates collectively.

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5 responses to “Forget Global Warming: Inequality is the number one priority facing the human race.

  1. Paul

    Mick, you say:

    “Whilst Global Warming is an issue which humanity will have to deal or come to terms with, how we distribute the wealth we earn as a society is by far the most important and pressing question facing human kind in the 21st Century”

    However this doesn’t make a lot of sense. You might argue (like Piers Corbyn) that even if global warming is happening, it isn’t happening for the reasons widely claimed and there is no need to do anything about it because it will reverse by itself (due to solar cycles). You might argue like Bjorn Lomborg that any resources put into dealing with it now are wasted because the effect would be so small and it’s better to deal with other issues like inequality. You might even argue like a small number of outright deniers that it’s not really happening at all or it’s only a good thing.

    However if GW is going to have to be dealt with or come to terms with, why is it any less an issue of “the type of world we wish to will to future generations” than inequality? Why should you assume that the issues are counterposed? If there is a price to be paid for GW you can bet your life that the boss class is going to try to ensure that the rest of us pay it, accentuating inequality in access to water and productive land as well as housing, flood defences etc etc. It seems that your case for prioritising inequality is essentially a moral one, and you exhort:

    “we must get to grips immediately with the problem of inequality and find a reasonable and viable way to redistribute fairly the wealth that the mass of humanity creates collectively.”

    If that was easily done we wouldn’t be where we are now! It seems to me much more productive to build a platform that has both these key questions in it than to counterpose them and put yourself in a corner!

  2. Mick Hall

    Paul

    Hi, I do not accept I am counter-posing these two issues ,I am stating clearly that the main issue is inequality, for if we fail to deal with that problem we have not got a hope in hell of dealing with global warming. For if the forces of Capital are unwilling to deal with an issue that results in billions of people living short and impoverished lives today, there is not a hope in hell of them dealing with GW. Sure they will be willing to push out plenty of window dressing but that will be all.

    Inequality caused tens of thousands of people to loose their lives this year in the flooding in the Ganges delta, yet Capital did not turn a head and in all probability many of those who survived this unnecessary tragedy will lose their lives next year.

    Now if Capital does nothing about this, are you really suggesting they will act now to prevent something similar occurring in 50 years. No they will not nor will their political gofers, hot air is what they will produce. Thus if we are to get to grips with GW we must fight inequality today, if we link this with the fight against GW fine, that is for individuals to decide.

    What many Western politicians are doing with GW is basically saying all is well today but we have something to worry over in 50 years time. Thus they can display compassion for humanity whilst actually doing sod all. No it is worse than that they are making people worse off.

    Take the floods in New Orleans, the ‘haves’ had the means to flee the city, the ‘have nots’ did not. This was due to inequality, thus if we do not get to grips with inequality today, imagine what it will be like when GW hits us in full force. It will be the economically poor who will feel its full force. For this not to happen we must make inequality humanities main priority.

    Happy new year Paul.

  3. WorldbyStorm

    Very interesting post Mick. And I agree with you 100% about the credulous approach to business by those who should know better. But GW is a planetary crisis and needs to be dealt with immediately, or all that will happen is that the plutocrats and global elite will rush headlong towards their own salvation leaving all of us well behind. Progressives have to ensure though that GW isn’t used as the excuse to speed that process…

  4. Caoimhin

    Overpopulation of the planet is the number one priority.

  5. Russ

    You guys all need to get your stories integrated and create some synergy here. Here’s how you do it: First, jump on global warming and convince everyone it’s real. Don’t worry about the fact it’s baseless propeganda – get a grip on the fact that it exists to prop up your populist, socialist agenda. Show pictures of polar bears clinging to an ice cube, and pictures of floods and tornados – people love that stuff. Then, once you have established that global warming is the biggest thing going, follow it up with the old idea (that used to be part of communist propaganda, but now attaches to global warming since communism pretty much failed miserably)that all the wealth needs to be redistributed so everyone has the same as everyone else. You know, the old communist idea that an hour worked by one is by definition equal in value to an hour worked by someone else, regardless of whether it’s spent sweeping the street of inventing new technology or doing brain surgery. Just don’t point to Cuba or the Soviet Union or Czech or Slovakia or any other place run or formally run under communism, because of course, none of thoise worked worth a crap. There you go – have fun and don’t forget to constantly prop each other up with encouragement and keep reminding each other that global warming is real and that the world won’t be right unless people who have built things are forced to give them up to people who haven’t. Holy mother McCree.

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