Ali Bahçuvan/Economist Foods that are injected with hormone to increase their number and size threaten the existence of mankind. Similarly, as the greed for making greater profits gets out of control the health of the system deterioratesrapidly and seriously.
Have We Approached the End of the System?
Foods that are injected with hormone to increase their number and size threaten the existence of mankind. Similarly, as the greed for making greater profits gets out of control the health of the system deterioratesrapidly and seriously.
The capitalist system has eradicated its adversaries primarily. When doing this, it asked the question it should ask perhaps many times: Would it manage to exist without its adversary?
In the renascent unipolar world, the financial systems that were developed and fictive instruments that were created have delighted a small group while the entire world bore the brunt, as it has happened many times in the past. The economic crisis has hit every continent, beginning from the east. Would the approaching collapse create new poles again?
Although many people have not even thought about such questions until a few years ago, nowadays a lot of people began to ponder these questions. However, the fact that the mightiest enemy of the system is the system itself isstill omitted.
Stock markets have moved away from their main goal. Investors have come to tolerate every kind of behavior for the sake of rising prices and increasing profits. This picture includesfalse balance sheets and swindling own customers.Moreover, countries can release false statistics and get bright credit ratings. In the countries that are at the very root of the crisis, governments and central banks have established mechanisms to protect corrupt people. These institutions are not brought to account and the burden of the crisis is placed on the entire population.
Economic crises signify the time when the system is called to account. If the system cannot account properly, the crisis will go on -just like the way human body defeats a microbe. If our body cannot get rid of the microbe, we die. The moral corruption within the system, which persists for the sake of high profits, has become a microbe that finishes mankind, a microbe not heeded by anyone. As a simple example of this malaise, let’slook at the discovery of the antibiotic and its consequences.When Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, mankind -and pharmaceutical companies, of course- has gained a huge victory. Although Fleming has repeatedly pointed out that misuse and unnecessary use of antibiotics would lead to bacterial resistance, no one paid attention. Fleming has done his part; the drug worked and eradicated diseases. Food companies have also made a discovery about that: Animals given low doses of antibiotic grow more quickly. That discovery has pleased food, drug, and feed companies alike. The age of antibiotics-soaked animal feed has begun.
Excesses of the capitalist system have been normalized, just like a hen laying six eggs a day. For higher profits,it was necessary to swallow more drugs, to grow more quickly and lay more eggs.
Like people dying ofpneumonia
Today, more than half of overall antibiotics produced in the US are used for this purpose.Andwhat happened from the point of bacteria? In 1942, only 14 percent of the bacterium staphylococcus aureus (which leads tobacteriophage, pneumonia, surgical wound infections, and multidrug-resistant infections) was penicillin-resistant. However, this rate jumped to 54 percent in 1950 and to 95 percent in 1995. You might have heard about people dying of pneumonia recently, whereas this used to be a very simple disease in the past.
Many mistakes have been made in order to obtain more profits despite being well aware of the likely consequences. Countries have turned a blind eye while investors applauded. Mankind has made great haste to prepare its own end. Excesses of the capitalist system have been normalized, just like a hen laying six eggs a day. For higher profits, it was necessary to swallow more drugs, to grow more quickly and lay more eggs. Man has found he could use hormones for this purpose. Food, animal feed, and drug companies have become happy again. For this system, it was also healthy to drink the milk from cows held in animal prisons and fed antibiotic-soaked feeds and hormones.
Don’t you think these companies should make the same statements that tobacco companies have made before? Shouldn’t such warnings be put on packages of products? When you turn to natural products, you see that the soil and underground waters are also contaminated with pesticides and fertilizers and that genetically modified seeds are sterile.
The system finds it ethical to manipulate the genes to make buyers dependent when selling seeds.
Profits, higher profits… Everything is permissible for this purpose. And that immoral approach sounds the death knell for mankind. Nature’s blood vessels are blocked by hydroelectric power plants that are built, while this situation is promoted to people as clean and renewable energy. When the amount of energy daily spent in cities like Las Vegas and New York is close to the annual energy consumption of an African nation, is it possible to solve this problem with hydroelectric power plants?
What about the situation in Turkey?
We have come to console ourselves with building the largest courthouse in Europe while 25 percent of young population is unemployed. When giving the permission for gold prospecting with arsenic on Mount Ida, we could not think that we may destroy the richest ecological zone in our country in the case of the slightest mistake.However, the herb ‘wild thyme’ which can defeat even the microbes that are most resistant to today’s antibiotics grow on this mountain range. Couldn’t we protect the old and wise seeds of Anatolian soil? Why couldn’t we protect the seeds that have fed people of this soilfor centuries?
Why couldn’t we prevent foreign capital from harming our own citizens when we embraced it? Why haven’t we hesitated to seize our citizens’ shares while we were protecting foreign capital through concessions like international arbitration? Aren’t similar things happening across the world? Like the oil spill in the Mexican Gulf that has hit the US.
For more money! Everything has been for making more money! The system has been riding for a fall…