“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police

A shocking story that starkly highlights how we are now living in a world of capitalism-with-the-gloves-off. They don’t even try to justify the callous cruelty of it anymore as this extract shows:-

In a capitalist society, the motive behind the production of food is not to feed people, housing is not made to give them shelter, clothing is not made to keep them warm, and health care is not offered primarily to keep people healthy. All of these things, which are and should be viewed as basic rights, are nothing other than commodities—to be bought and sold—from which to make a profit. If a profit cannot be made, usually due to overproduction in relation to the market, the commodity is considered useless by the capitalist and destroyed.

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“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police.

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4 thoughts on ““American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police

  1. beastrabban

    Shocking and disgusting, especially as America is now the world’s only superpower (although China’s catching up quickly). We really are living in an age of ‘poverty amidst plenty’. It’s interesting that the article mentions – correctly – that this is due to the ‘crisis of overproduction’. It was the destruction of foodstuffs during the 19th century that inspired one of the early Utopian Socialists. Benjamin Constant, one of the early French Socialist pioneers, started to question capitalism after witnessing the pouring away of litres of unsold wine by the farmers.

    As for food riots, in the 18th century there was a custom amongst the poor all over Europe and the American colonies, that in times of famine the poor had the right to break into shops selling food at prices, which they could not afford. The mob would seize the bread and other food, and sell it at a price the people could afford. In England the Tudors passed legislation stipulating that, at times of famine and hardship, shops had to sell bread at affordable prices. It seems such legislation is now very much needed in the US. And very probably over here before too long.

    It also strikes me that we’re about to enter the world of the ‘Running Man’. This was another Schwarzenegger film from the 1980s, based on a book by Stephen King. It was set in a totalitarian America, where opponents of the regime had to run through a series of deadly traps on a gameshow, somewhat like ‘The Hunger Games’. Arnold played a US officer, who was courtmartialed and sentenced to participate in the show because he refused to fire on a crowd rioting for bread. It won’t be too long before this’ll happen, folks.

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    1. sparaszczukster Post author

      Its truly chilling to see such a lack of basic humanity. We’ve been brought up for generations on so called Christian values which now seem to have been used to keep us plebs from stealing and looting the property of the rich who acquired it themselves through theft and pillage. They’ve largely hidden their callousness from us up until now.Now they’re so secure in their power they don’t care if we know that they don’t care. Marx was right about religion being our opium.

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  2. beetleypete

    As Beast says, the world pictured in this article is just the start of things to come. Wars for water, wars for food; control of both will be the keys to power. The paragraph you use above is enough to tell anyone of the real motives behind the production of anything.
    Regards Sue, Pete.

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