April 23, 2020
from ConsortiumNews Website
A man walks along an empty street
in downtown Barcelona, Spain,
April 20, 2020
as the coronavirus lockdown continues.
Emilio Morenatti | AP
capitalism grows until it
murders the host body.
During this pandemic shutdown,
it's not getting the growth it needs
and is becoming
For those of us lucky
enough to be healthy and simply stuck at home - not in mourning; not
sick or dying; not performing high-risk "essential" work; not
waiting on long food bank lines - life is on pause.
The things we thought mattered, now don't.
The things we thought didn't matter, now really don't.
Now people walk around with eyebrows looking like the backend of a peacock. No one cares.
How many "likes" a picture of your dinner got on Instagram. What happened in the new episode of "The Voice," or "The Real Housewives" or "The Walking Dead" or "The Farting Diseased."
Which superhero movie to
go see then complain that it sucked afterwards. Whether that guy at
work doesn't like you even though he smiles his stupid face at you
all the time.
The spastic motion of avoidance filled the ether - afraid if we stop to truly think about it, we may find our scant few years of consciousness are pissed away as slaves at often meaningless jobs.
They, the pustulant corporate owners, suck away our lives.
This pandemic is not just a crisis, it's also a gift...!
It allows us the oxygen to notice the things we've been ignoring were the truly essential:
Point is... the stuff that truly matters is the stuff we were completely ignoring, blithely pushing it to the back of our minds as our planet is eaten for corporate profit.
But now, during "life on hold" the natural world reclaims spaces.
Beaches around the globe teem with millions of birds and wildlife, no longer flooded by undulating masses of fleshy apes with our frisbees, and snorkels, and beer coolers and entitlement.
Voluminous highways normally bursting with noise, pollution and jack-offs now sit empty, quiet and clean. Jack-off free...
like Los Angeles and Delhi breathe effortlessly,
enjoying clean air and water for the first time in years
Times Square is nearly empty of pedestrians
during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City,
April 21, 2020.
Ted Shaffrey | AP
As reported by Mercury News,
Do you understand how long ago 1995 was...?
In 1995 there was a movie called "Top Dog" starring Chuck Norris and - wait for it - a dog. Yet such a thing was not viewed as unusual. And the dog won a Golden Globe.
Needless to say, it was a different era...
Nitrogen Dioxide has plummeted over China and Italy during this pandemic. Coyotes walk free again in California, eating people's pets the way God intended.
A zoo in Hong Kong has been trying to get two pandas to Netflix and chill for 10 years.
And now that the zoo is shut down, they finally mated.
The pandas are shtupping again...!
But let's cut to the chase - and I'm sorry if the next statement upsets you - but in order to stop climate change and create a sustainable world, it requires the end of capitalism...
But let's take our intellectual honesty out for a spin, shall we?
As Guardian columnist George Monbiot said,
Endless growth on a planet with finite resources...
Such a thing is physically impossible, no more scientifically feasible than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touching his toes...
And during this pandemic shutdown, it's not getting the growth it screams out for. During this brief respite, many parts of capitalism are benign.
The second problem is,
You can buy all the land, water, and air you want - even as others die from starvation or thirst.
It means that no matter what environmentalists do to try to mitigate climate change, the richest corporations in the world can easily undo it by buying and polluting ever more.
It also means the biggest sociopaths in the room (the world?) have the most impact.
A man sleeps in the middle of an empty street
during the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain,
April 17, 2020.
Emilio Morenatti | AP
But of course, that's impossible...
If everyone lived the way the top 1 percent live, then the planet would collapse quickly, and in fact it's crumbling anyway, right now, because of the resources used and the refuse discarded by a small percentage of humanity…
Sure, I admit I like to keep my private jet air-conditioned to a nice 58º F on the hottest days of summer and stocked full of rare endangered fish filets.
Not for me - for my five dogs who are bathed in only the freshest spring water shipped in from Alaska. BUT, I recycle the filet packaging.
So, I think I do my part...
The cold truth is,
In fact, the World Bank says that nearly half of the world lives on less than $5.50 a day. (Not enough for even one fresh Alaskan salmon filet for your dog...)
As our planet disintegrates under the weight of consumption and greed, most people are trapped in extreme poverty. And that's how the system of capitalism is designed... No mistake. No whoopsy. No boo-boo.
It's by design...
Slightly altering capitalism will not change this reality, just as tilting a gun in a different direction does not make it a pony.
If we take away the false promises of capitalism and just say to people,
...if we admit that... then the entire justification for capitalism evaporates.
I'm not saying I have all the answers, but the pandemic shutdown has shown us the problem.
It has revealed,
Another world is possible, and we've just gotten a glimpse of it.