Tuesday, 3 September 2013
War and capitalism
War is part and parcel of capitalism all around the globe all wars are related to capitalism and the drive for increased profits all the time. So for organizations like the Stop the War coalition fronted and lead by counter fire who have their roots in the SWP in Britain to celebrate the vote in parliament last week which by the way was by a very narrow margin that this is a victory for democracy and for the anti war movement is just horrid. War is a big business industry with weapons and arms being mass produced and creating jobs and huge profits for capitalism. The Second World War for example increased the rates of profits for war nations as huge investments were made to produce things for the war effort. A snippet from a comrade of mine who I’ve been lucky enough to meet who runs his b log at the socialist way you can follow and read at http://thesocialistway.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/capitalism-cause-of-all-modern-wars.html?spref=tw&utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer2d98b&utm_medium=twitter "So when we say that capitalism is the cause, it is also necessary to recognize a distinction between what may in general be called ‘economic’ causes of past wars and the particular causes of wars that arise under capitalism. For instance, insufficiency of food in the past ages could induce a tribe to make a war on a neighbouring tribe to gain control of more fertile land. Such a war would accordingly be described as being due to an economic cause, the absolute shortage of food; and it might be impossible with poor tools at hand and methods known at the time to solve the problem in any other way than fighting it out for the chance that the victors might survive. In our own time the problem is a different one. Now at this present time the means exist for producing enough to supply continuously the needs of all. With modern industrial and scientific knowledge ample food, clothing, houses and the rest of the needs of human beings could be produced if all the resources were used and none were wasted. The trouble is that they are not used to the full. In a multitude of ways production is deliberately restricted; land and materials are utilised for profitable non-productive purposes; millions of men and women through unemployment or military service and armament production, are withdrawn from the task of satisfying human needs; growers are given financial inducements to curtail production, and periodically vast amounts of food and other materials are destroyed in order to keep up prices - quite apart from the destruction that takes place in war itself. If in our own day millions of people are still undernourished or starving, while simultaneously in the US and other countries enormous quantities of foodstuffs are withheld from the market (with deterioration or even destruction as the likely end), it cannot be said that undernourishment or starvation is economically unavoidable. It is capitalism that presents governments with the choice between releasing the food for sale at what it will - which would ruin farmers by depressing prices - and withholding the food to get the high prices with the result that poverty-stricken people cannot buy it. Capitalism and capitalist interests induce every government to behave in a manner which creates antagonism with other capitalist groups and governments, with war as the threatened outcome. The needs of the world’s population could be satisfied by co-operation but it is in the nature of capitalism to prohibit genuine co-operation. " It is clear that war is a necessary enventuallity under capitalism where resources are fought for and markets are competitively fought over. Most wars come down to economic reasons behind it even if it’s not spelled out. Under socialism three would be no need for wars and conflict due to the fact that people’s needs will be met under a democratically planned system. To get there we have a long long way to go but there can be no pace on this planet for as long as capitalism exists and reigns supreme.