The inhuman priorities of capitalism.

In this supposedly democratic country, governors in some states have the right to replace local governments with an appointed “emergency manager.”

The cruel behavior of authorities in Flint Michigan who switched the town’s water from Detroit’s water supply to the toxic water of the Flint River threatens the health of the town’s population, especially the youngest among them.  Most state officials (with the responsibility for protecting the well-being of the public — with some heroic exceptions) looked the other way.

The purpose of shifting the water supply was to save money, but that will prove to be unrealistic. The backlash from the damage to the public will ultimately cost the town far more than any projected savings.

But, to be fair, the authorities did show some compassion.  When they learned that the toxic water was harming automobile parts at a local General Motors Plant, they provided the factory better water – a choice that will cost the city $400,000 a year.  Of course, the costs will ultimately fall on the city, which will be unable to cover that cost.  No doubt the city will be expected to privatize or sell off its assets, leaving the people of Flint stripped of the rudiments of a livable environment.  Only the car parts will escape unscathed from this neoliberal fiasco.

4 comments so far

  1. mark hansen on

    yes, they did well for the GM plant.
    also it seems that some government workers were provided with bottled water months before the fiasco became public knowledge.
    thankfully at least one citizen ( mother of a young child) kept after it until the state was forced to admit the facts.
    Thank you for addressing this issue after so much time between blog postings.
    Michael , please note my new email address.

  2. mark hansen on

    are you familiar with “universal basic income?
    it was just discussed this week on the BBC program news hour extra.

  3. jacksaunders2001 on

    Capitalism is always taking the world towards war…Just watch how Australia has managed without out and out Capitalism..

  4. yoshikoweaver19763 on

    TVR: I’ve never met BizGirl (BizBoy?), but am glad he/she survived being dooced. (Now repeat after me: “And we all know how painful that can be.”) Click

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