An alternative response to current oil and food crises

Here is an alternative and deeply ideological response to the current crisis of global economic system reflected by oil and food speculation and profit-greed at a scale unprecedented in the recent times.

At the heart of the crisis is the breakdown of the global economic system. For decades, politicians, corporate leaders and the media have subjected the world’s people to the self-serving claim that the capitalist market is the most rational means of allocating society’s resources. What is now being revealed is the basic conflict between the needs of a modern mass society and anarchy of the profit system.

It is impossible to ascertain any truthful estimates of remaining global supplies, because the oil producing countries and energy conglomerates have vested interests in concealing their “business secrets” from the people. Entrenched corporate and political opposition has also largely squelched large-scale development of environmentally safe and sustainable alternatives, although the technology has existed, in some cases, for decades.

Supposed solutions produced within the framework of the capitalist system have only worsened the crisis. The development of bio-fuels is a case in point. Even if one were to accept the widely disputed claims that bio-fuels are a means of reducing carbon emissions, their production has only led to a massive increase in the price of corn and other crops, wreaking havoc throughout the world. The entire project has been tied to the interests of agri-business monopolies, such as ADM and Cargill, which have an overriding concern, not in ending global warming, but boosting their bottom lines.

The rational use of remaining petroleum resources and the development of genuine alternatives require an unprecedented level of international cooperation and the marshalling of the world’s technological, material and human resources. This is not possible as long as capitalism divides the globe into competing nation states, each vying for advantage over the other.

The mad scramble to control the world’s remaining oil supplies has led to a violent struggle, in which the bloody US invasion and occupation of Iraq is but one episode. All of the major powers—from the US, to China, Europe, and Japan—are vying for control of the Middle East, the Caspian region, the Artic and Antarctica and even the sea-beds of the world’s oceans. The struggle for resources is once again threatening the world with the eruption of a new round of imperialist wars, which could threaten the very survival of humanity.

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One response to “An alternative response to current oil and food crises

  1. Interesting thoughts on a very important issue. I would like to know who is writing stuff on this website as the posts give no information about the author.

    I believe while global warming seems to be a real issue, irrespective of how some corporate groups are using it for their own the selfish.

    As far as the dwindling fossil fuel resources are concerned, this problem seems to be only going bigger and bitter with time. It really seems as if we are living in extremely dangerous times.

    It was good to know about biofuels and the related problems, but I would have like to read something about the use of solar energy in various domains. Surely it is an expensive technology. But one should also keep in mind that it may turn out to be the best technology (in the long run) for those 4 billion people who are at the bottom of the global pyramid and who have always been either ignored or charged a lot more by the corporate world when it comes to fulfilling their basic needs such as sanitation, electricity, food and water.

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