There were three articles in the Nov. 15 Apalachicola Times that should give us all much to think about.
First, guest columnist Lee Hamilton (“A country divided beyond politics”) mentions income inequality but mostly encourages political cooperation to overcome deep societal divisions. Second, a damaged road in Alligator Point (Michael worsens Alligator Point woes”) is too costly to repair. Third, Frank Sargeant’s Outdoors column (“What climate change might mean for Panhandle anglers”) informs us that global warming will harm our estuary and fisheries and we should force public agencies to address the issue and use alternate energy and LEDs.
None of these stories addresses the real problem, which is the failure of the capitalist system to provide decent lives for the majority of Americans (and the world’s peoples).
Capitalism in its late stage has created income inequality never seen before in all of history. The economy is apparently “booming,” but poverty nevertheless increases, people’s health declines, pollution is increasing, and expansion of fossil fuel use continues unabated. Lives are shortened while population increases. In terms of division, capitalism gives much to some while it takes away from others. Capitalism lets some live lavishly while others lack homes at all. Capitalism’s growth and profit motives require infinite expansion in a finite world.
People really have no business living on precarious barrier islands in private homes in the first place, although surely barrier islands are nice to visit. Vastly expensive bridges and roads provide access to the few who, because of our belief in “private property,” can do whatever they want as long as they can “afford” it. Ironically, with sea level rise and more powerful hurricanes, these areas will probably soon become uninhabitable yet still useful as public parks (which they should have been in the first place).
Very few of our politicians in the last election nor hardly any of our media even mention the crisis of global warming, but global warming remains the greatest threat to the survival of our species and many others. Just as during World War II the entire nation mobilized to defeat the threat of Nazism, our nation and others need to make the greatest effort possible to mitigate the mistakes of our past practices; however, we choose to ignore the problem because the elites know that solving it would reduce profits and impede our “lifestyles,” i.e. not running around willy nilly on jet skis, etc., not living in super-mansions, sailing on super-yachts. Solving the global warming crisis means giving up expansion and profits, as well as many of the luxuries fossil fuels now provide. However, just turning off the solar-powered LEDs when leaving a room will not suffice.
In conclusion, late-stage capitalism not only makes our lives worse, it will kill us all.