It seems as though, everywhere one looks these days in these United States, one finds delay and decay, all in the name of the almighty dollar.
The reason the fossil fuel industry is producing so much nonsense about the damage their products do is simple: money. It’s pretty clear where technology is headed: away from centralized control over power. When it comes to providing power, it doesn’t really matter if it’s coal or oil or natural gas. Either way, it requires big, centralized plants and equipment to make it all go. A VERY few people have control over those systems and, from time to time, can just turn part of it off and charge the masses for the “shortfall”. But then comes the sun.
They can’t just turn off the sun or the wind or the waves. We see the centralized power folks trying to build centralized solar farms and immediately realize those facilities come with their own environmental impacts nobody wants. The next – the ONLY – logical step is to put the power production onto and into every building that already stands, that is, already produces an environmental impact. Why exacerbate the situation?
But that move eliminates your local electrical producer. More importantly, it eliminates their ability to shut down parts at critical times (you know…for “maintenance”…) to keep shareholders happy.
Capitalism says the newer, better technology should, by rights, replace the older, outdated technology. Build a better mousetrap, the old line goes, and the world will beat a path to your door. But Crapitalism says otherwise. Build a better mousetrap, says Crapitalism, and moneyed interests will buy up and bury the technology because they’re invested elsewhere…
We see it in the battle for healthcare, too…well, healthcare insurance, anyway. Do people REALLY not see that socialized medicine is a boon to the people who have it? It costs less money to the individuals (who are, yes, paying higher taxes), it costs less to the overall society, and it provides better outcomes. Of course they see it, that’s WHY they fight it. They can’t force you to trade your financial life for your actual life if they can’t force you to trade your financial life for your actual life. (Tautology at its best…) Crapitalism blames everything – anything – except the love of the lucre for the situation, another sure sign the love of the lucre is the true culprit.
“Free market” Capitalism, they call it but there’s nothing “free” about it. Where possible, it’s a captive market and the natural progression of the free market is from good to bad and from bad to worse – all in the name profit. Generally speaking, I can’t think of anything that gets better under Crapitalism, can you?
There’s a reason people capable of understanding that Democratic Socialism is honest Capitalism are embracing Democratic Socialism: because it’s honest Capitalism. Sure, it has a stupid, misleading name. It SHOULD be called ‘Social Capitalism’. But then, ‘Free market Capitalism’ is a stupid, misleading name, too. THAT should be called ‘Crapitalism’.
I’ll tell you this: if Crapitalism means I’m forced to live with the very worst of everything for as long as Crapitalists can force it on me, I, for one, am over the “free market”…