The Crisis – The Challenge (Debate meeting – IF 23 May 17:00)
On The 23rd of May at 17.00 Crisis Mirror invites you to an info & debate meeting addressing the background and the reflections of ”Crisis” – Internationalt Forum, Griffenfeldsgade 41 — DK-2200 København N. https://www.internationaltforum.dk/The-Crisis-The-Challenge
Gross violation of written (and unwritten) rules and codes and arbitrary introduction of new ones, serve to legitimize political and economic decisions that in fact dispossess citizens and deprive them of any possibility of decision. It is most certain that things will never be the same again and the question is: Is ”Crisis” a moment of truth and decision? A possibility for a drastic change?
Staggering rise of poverty, hunger, unemployment and social, cultural and environmental distress in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crash is a damning indictment of the”free market” policies pursued in countries throughout the world. It demonstrates that the capitalist system, organized on the basis of the private ownership of production, is obsolete, irrational, inhuman and incompatible with further social progress.
There is no parallel in human history to the immense concentration of wealth that exists today, nor to the extremes of parasitism and decadence that constitute the “new normal.” Contemporary capitalism—what the ruling class and its political and media flunkies call the “free market system”—has created a world in which every policy decision is dictated by the need to protect and increase the wealth of an infinitesimal portion of the world’s population.
In its effort to expand its personal wealth, this global plutocracy relentlessly attacks the living standards of the vast majority of the population and generates a huge and ever-increasing wealth not from the production of useful products and expansion of society’s productive capacities, but from the manipulation of money, speculation and outright swindling—essentially criminal activities that are destructive of the productive forces.
The more perceptive and far-sighted defenders of the capitalist system are warning that the present situation is unsustainable. It is indeed true that the impact of the crisis is leading to major shifts in popular consciousness and a collapse in trust for the existing “institutions.” The ruling class, however, have nothing to offer. Every social policy implemented in the response to the 2008 crash has been aimed at enriching the ruling elite at the expense of the population, with devastating social consequences. All over the world, governments controlled by the plutocrats impose ever more painful austerity, cutting wages, slashing jobs, dismantling social programs, closing schools, gutting health care, environmerntal destruction and cultural deterioration. State treasuries are emptied to provide bailouts to the banks and corporations and central banks pump trillions into the financial markets to drive up stock prices and corporate profits. All legal restrictions on profit-making are lifted.
The people of the world are confronted with the question: What is to be done with this anti-social and criminal layer? Nothing can be changed by appealing to the “better angels” of the plutocracy nor by appealing to the elite’s rational faculties. The death-grip of the plutocrats must be broken and the wealth of this parasitic layer must be expropriated. Production must be managed by the workers themselves. The banks and corporations must be taken out of private hands and placed under public ownership and democratic control.
People, organized as an independent force, must ensure for themselves the right to a decent job, housing, healthcare, education and clean environment through the reorganization of the society on the basis of social need, not private profit.