Saturday, January 28, 2006

Emergencies don't wait.

Does capitalism have to ultimately end if we are going to rescue this planet? Yes. Is it going to end anytime soon, whether we dream it to happen or not? No. We can have an end goal of eliminating capitalism in mind, but in the meantime, we have to work within current realities. There are real emergencies facing us right now. Darfur. AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. Ballistic missile defence. A US government with a hegemonic agenda. In light of all this, we can't wait for the capitalist system to fall. We have to start the battle on these issues now. These issue will not wait. They will get worse. Yes, I realize that capitalism contributes at least in part to each of these emergencies. However, we can and must fight to address these emergencies with the consideration that capitalism will be in place as the dominant economic system in the world.