Continuing more…and finishing

I know this must be long and boring, but remember you always have the right to read it or not In my opinion this is a, if not *THE*, crucial matter in our times:

"Equality and the priority of human needs require fundamental changes
in our social and economic institutions and relationships.

The soft political option can be seen
to rest on a basic fallacy, which the United States has demonstrated to
the world – and no society is ever going to be relatively richer in
gross indiscriminate production than that one – that by getting to a
certain level of production you solve the problems of poverty and
inequality. Tell them that in the slums, the inner cities, of rich
America! No society is too poor to afford a right order of life, and no
society is so rich that it can afford to dispense with a right order,
or hope to get it merely by becoming rich.

By the ways in which we produce, and the ways in which we organize production and its priorities – including the inherent capitalist priority of profit – we create social relations which then determine how we distribute the production and how people actually live.

This is even more true at the international level. For we
are bound to notice – and the people from the poorest parts of the
world do increasingly notice – that the world economy is now organized
and dominated by the interests of the pattenrs of production and
consumption of the highly industrialized countries, which are also in a
strict sense, through all the different political forms, the
imperialist powers.

It is possible to see ahead a situation in which the shortage of certain key raw materials and commodities, which are necessary to maintain the patterns of production and existing high levels of consumption,
will create such tensions within societies which have got used to these
patterns that they could in majority be prepared to resort to every
kind of pressure – not only political and sub-military, but openly
military – to assure what they see as the supplies necessary to the
maintenance of their order of life. This is already a dangerous current
of opinion in the United States. We can all see, as the shortages and
costs come through, the danger of this happening. We can see also the
possibility of recruiting wide areas of public opinion to cast as
enemies the poor countries which have been assigned the role of
supplying the raw materials, the oil, the whole range of basic
commodities, at prices which are convenient to the functioning of the
older industrial economies.

And this will be initiated by
the advanced industrial societies which of course, by the nature of
their development, dispose of the technologically developed weapons of
war and subjugation, including nuclear weapons, which is where all
issues now come together. So how are we to argue the case for a
sensible use of resources within our kind of society and economy, when
this will involve changes – in some cases reductions – in existing
patternsof use? It goes so much against people’s own self-interest that
as a political programme it doesn’t even begin.

The problem of resources – the
pressure point on the whole existing capitalist mode of production –
will become the problem of war or peace. This problem will be
presented, through all the powerful resources of modern communications,
as a problem of hostile foreigners who are exercising a stranglehold
over our necessery supplies. Opinion will be mobilized for what will be
called "peacekeeping"; in fact wars and raids and threatening
interventions to ensure supplies or to keep down prices.

Thus the continuation of
existing patterns of unequal consumption of the earth’s resources will
lead us inevitably into various kinds of war, of different scales and
extent. And then the case for changing our present way of life has to
be argued not only in terms of local damage or waste or pollution, but
in terms of whether we are to have the possibility of peace and
friendly relations, or the near certainty of destructive wars because
we are not willing to change the inequalities of the present world


it. That’s Raymond Williams writing in 1982. He was no Nostradamus, but he
predicted the Gulf War, the Afghanistan/Iraq invasion…and all other
military actions that the powerful countries around the world are
doing, and will do. Michael Moore’s only mistake was depicting Mr. Bush
(both father and son) as only dumb and greedy…oh no, they’re much
more ahead than we all thought.

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