capitalism and environmentalism 1/? Show more
it's no secret that we are living in a time in which not just climate change is the foremost issue in many cases, but full on climate collapse. the things I discuss here may very well make you anxious about the future, and I know as a person with an anxiety disorder, this shit eats at me a lot. if you think hey maybe I'll sit this one out that's hella valid.
why are we in the place that we're in? a small but simple question, how did we get here? industrialisation and the pollution caused by it come hand in hand with the development of capitalism. in the late 16th century and especially in the 17th century we see the merchant classes of Europe become the preeminent basis of the national wealth and engine for growth. Feudalism begins to decay and in it's place the bourgeoisie become this empowered class across Europe.
the aims of capitalism are simple, make as much shit as possible, as cheaply as possible and to sell it. before while yes people had been shrewd and tried to make money where they could, there had never been this ideology of orientation of the economy around just making things to sell them in such a manor and scale.
textiles was among the first of the industries to be industrialised in Britain and the reason for that is.... colonialism!!! cheap cotton from India meant there was a huge potential to turn these cheap imports into more expensive complex goods that can be sold for more money and with much lower overhead than European wool textiles ever could because of the glorious East India Company, a private company that literally ran India from the 1750s to the 1850s. it's hard to understate how key and enormous the textiles industry was. in 1750 Britain was taking 2.5 million tonnes of raw cotton from India to Britain to be processed into more complex textiles to be sold on, with the advent of industrialised production and the mass mobilisation of the labour force away from agriculture towards production of goods, 588 million tonnes of raw cotton was taken from India to Britain in 1850.
to get a hold of all of these goods Britain needed a few things. first and foremost, India itself to produce cotton, the same is also true in terms of export of other goods from India too of course. so increasingly Britain went and took larger and larger chunks of India, subjugated this prince under the east India company, stole that land. then began mass resource extraction of gold, silver and the aforementioned mass shipments of cotton. these profits then fed back into the company to fund their own private army and their private state to take over more of India and exploit more of it's resources and set up more system to keep it all in check for the singular end goal of British profits. 200 years of Indian colonial rule were first and foremost about resource extraction to fund this need for infinite demand, the link between imperialism and capitalism is unbreakable and would only get stronger.
then came coal coke. before the widespread use of coal in iron and steel production charcoal was used, and of course it was gotten via burning trees. Britain underwent a mass deforestation to create it's navy used for imperialism, commerce and production of metals, and so they had to change methods. at first charcoal was refined more to be more efficient, but then in the 1750s production of raw coal into a more refine coal coke meant that iron was suddenly a LOT cheaper to produce. the iron was also more infused with carbon, and thus stronger than previous methods. with the massive decrease in the cost of iron the entire industry BOOMED in one of the largest rapid economic growths of all time that created the modern post agricultural era.
and so we begin the exploitation of coal because it's cheap as fuck to find it, a shit load more efficient than charcoal and allowed for a mass industrialisation increasing economic capacity in all aspects of life. the creation of the steam engine was one of the pivotal points of all this, it was a machine which ran the production for you much much stronger and faster than any human could and didn't require anything like a water wheel which was far far slower. the steam engine further increased the demands for iron and coal.
along side these huge booming demands you need the workers, and infrastructure to support this infinitely expanding engine which is never allowed to slow down. cities begin to massively swell as where you have this high concentration of industry you need a high concentration of workers to run that industry and all the secondary things to keep it going. the technological developments of the industrial revolution allowed for more and more people to turn away from the predominantly agricultural lifestyles which had been the basis of most all economic activity by humans for the past 10,000 years and bring them into denser and denser urban areas for the sole sake of mass producing goods that would be sold.
the industrial revolution was a product of capitalism and imperialism that completely changed human production from a subsistence based agricultural economy with secondary industrial of craftsmen into a massive engine that constantly screams for more and more resources and that all of life and human society was planned around. this is an extremely new thing as well, only beginning in the 1750s and massively exploding in the 19th century.
Wenn IHK und CDU es schlecht finden, dann muss es gut für die Bürger sein :D https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/das-waere-krass-rechtswidrig-mietendeckel-entwurf-fuer-berlin-stoesst-auf-ablehnung/24939608.html
Das Aktionsbündnis "Kohle erSetzen!" hat mehrere Zufahrten zum Tagebau #Garzweiler blockiert.
Blockade stehen immer noch "Und wir gehen hier jetzt auch erstmal nicht weg, denn der #Kohleausstieg ist Handarbeit und wir können nicht länger zusehen, wie Klima und Existenzen zerstört werden!"
♻ RT @email@example.com:
Nur Latschdemo muss nicht sein: Wer noch Power hat kann jetzt den Kampf für antifaschistische Räume in Dresden unterstützen: "Jetzt Hausbesetzung am Basteiplatz 3! Dringend Support erwünscht. Verdrängung und #Mietwahnsinn bekämpfen." #unteilbar #dd2408 Folgt: @wirbesetzendd https://twitter.com/wirbesetzendd/status/1165284092390326273
The desperation of white people to convince us the end of their privilege translates to the end of the world will always tickle me.
I get how the idea of consequences for being hateful pieces of shit terrify people that have socialized themselves against the concept of accountability, but you know, there's an easy fix for that.
Just don't be hateful pieces of shit.
If you find the idea of not hating people you don't know 'unrealistic', I have absolutely not sympathy for you.
The greatest grift the privileged ever ran was convincing everybody that "Anarchy" was another word for "Chaos", and not an ideology based in the dismantling of hierarchy to be replaced with a system founded in equity. It’s almost like a small albeit powerful group of ppl´s privilege and influence depends on a strict pecking order they’d do literally anything to maintain . Almost .
help I love her
Pia Klemp, the German ship captain who rescued migrants in the Mediterranean, as she refuses a medal from the mayor of Paris.
Organizers are dying or falling ill left and right and it doesn’t get spoken about. We’re not justice machines cranking out resistance. This level of stress, anxiety, and police/systematic brutality has a heavy price on the human body and mind. Activists are not consumables to be used up, thrown away, and be replaced with a younger model.
Most ways of building small, sustainable homes were taken right from various indigenous cultures throughout history. And it’s not just about building a house. It’s a whole realignment of how we build society, our cities, our villages, our towns. It’s the most anarchist form city planning I can think of in that it restructures how we navigate our daily life by ending consumerist isolation and urban sprawl.
I'm not here for branding, I'm not here to be an influencer, I'm not here to increase my personal profile in the tech industry.
I am here to build better and safer communities for targeted communities. That is the reason I started an instance.
If your goal is the same, then we're cool. I may not like how you go about it, but if you show you really give a shit about people, we're good.
If you're not, we're just gonna be at odds.
Ha and people who just talk tend to not like me.
Which is fine.