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  1. You don’t like capitalism? Here’s how it might end.

    Is Mother Earth on the brink of a reprieve?

    Could what looms on the horizon make AIDS look like an ingrown toenail? Does anyone remember Ingmar Bergman’s film about the Black Death?

    The health care providers haven’t an inkling how the virus spreads. Their Buzz Aldrin astronaut garb doesn’t work. Their caring for patients in wards at the other end of the building from the isolation wards doesn’t work. They’re keeling over.

    They started out by theorizing the contagion was transmitted by ‘body fluids’ – blood & sweat, etc. And now they’re saying they don’t know how it spreads, though they’ve hit on the idea that bats are the culprit in transporting it from one African nation to the next. So let’s kill off the bats, a benign and ecologically valuable animal.

    Twenty years ago and longer, epidemiologists were publishing 900-page books about the coming plague with its viral mutations, and our lack of antibiotics. Science fiction? The future is here.

    In this age of jet travel, what can stop the disease?

    Will biological warfare against enemy nations kick in? Can we look forward to an invasion of ‘Typhoid Marys’ patterned on Kamikaze & Middle Eastern suicide bombers? But what is the logic in this when a continent – say, Alaska, Canada, North & South America – if it succumbed, would scare off the aggressors?

    But if they feared endangering themselves, what about individuals who, knowing they are dying, couldn’t care less how many others they infect? At least one celebrity did that in recent years. As did the pharaohs: if they had to die, they had nothing against dragging a few slaves down into the tomb to keep them company.

    An unreal apprehension? But isn’t it Pollyanna to imagine the plague will stay in Africa?

    And if it spreads, the planet will rejoice. A few billion less will be a poultice to her wounds.

    You say capitalism is a bad thing. Yet communism violates the instinct for private ownership. In 1966 Robert Ardrey, if he had his figures right, claimed in his Territorial Imperative (underlined) that a man with his own farm produced enough food for himself and twelve factory workers. In a good year, one Soviet on a collective far was able to feed one factory worker. Six Chinese on a state-owned farm could feed one factory worker. On a kibbutz, nine farmers could cultivate thirty acres. A family of four, on a farm they owned, did likewise. According to Ardrey, slavery is a losing proposition because slaves lack the incentive to work for other people, with nothing for themselves. (Understandably so.)

    While private ownership shouldn’t be malignant, capitalism wants to metastasize.

    Your views are in line with Ralph Nader’s, who dislikes Big Business corporations and what they’ve done to human (and animal) welfare and to the planet. He questions the right of two percent of Americans to hoard the nation’s wealth.

    • You don’t like capitalism?

      Thanks for taking the time to write a full and interesting comment.

      I don’t know what I believe in anymore because I don’t believe (right now) that humankind can do anything well collectively. It is hopelessly chaotic. There could well be a worldwide disease that reduces the population dramatically to the benefit of the planet because people are a disease on the planet.

      At the moment, I am seeing a degeneration in cohesion in the world and it is possible that a catastrophic event could happen in the next 20 years.

      As for capitalism, it is said to be the best of the worst systems for humans but if so it needs regulation and control to work at its best and to prevent the avaricious, greedy bastards from myopically destroying the planet.

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