Global Capitalism and the Torrent of Garbage

Exploring the Nature of Capitalism
(Access book of the previous category: The History and Nature of Capitalism)

Everywhere, human beings are generating more and more waste.

We might talk about recycling. We might even indulge in a limited attempt at it (I have a special roadside bin provided by the local council in which various kinds of ‘recyclable’ materials are placed), but the amount of waste dumped into landfills grows each year.

No matter how much recycling we indulge in, the simple fact is that corporations extracting resources to feed the industries we demand, are entering a boom period. The future, for them, is record profits and rapid expansion! Recycling is barely a blip on their rose-tinted horizons.

In this post we examine some of the solid waste difficulties being experienced around the world.  We all understand what is causing the problem:

Capitalism requires us to continue to consume at an ever-expanding rate:

If we don’t:

  • our economies will falter,
  • people will lose their jobs,
  • our futures will be bleak.

If we do:

  • our economies will be ‘healthy’
  • we will have full employment,
  • and our futures …

And, Garbage is the least of our problems!

In the early 21st century forested, pastoral, agricultural and horticultural regions of the world are facing serious:

  • agricultural chemical pollution,
  • water-logging,
  • salinity,
  • over-grazing,
  • deforestation,
  • land erosion,
  • desertification,
  • increasingly erratic climatic conditions,

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