Corporations, Capitalism and the Refugee Crisis

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Read this:  I have consistently focused on two major economic problems being the primary forces infecting our social systems, the ability to have a truly functional democracy and powerful current trend towards inequality.  They are corporations (particularly multi-national corporations) and capitalism itself.  The article in the link below, found on In These Times, by Slavoj ZiZek takes a deep look at the effects these two forces have on the EU Refugee Crisis.  In this article ZiZek says that Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ five stages of reaction (to terminal disease)  denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance can be applied “to any form of catastrophic”.  Thus he examines the refugee crisis in the EU and other places via these 5 stages.

Capitalism through its’ “illegal exploitation of natural resources”, dealing with warlords is today’s’ form of colonialism.  “Congo no longer exists as a united state; it is a multiplicity of territories ruled by local warlords controlling their patch of land with an army which, as a rule, includes drugged children. Each of these warlords has business links to a foreign company or corporation exploiting the mining wealth in the region. The irony is that many of these minerals are used in high-tech products such as laptops and cell phones.”  Corporations and capitalism are usually involved as states fail and “most of refugees come from the ‘failed states’—where public authority is more or less inoperative, at least in large regions—Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Congo, etc.”  No surprise is that rich countries are much less likely to receive refugees than their poorer neighbors.  Slavery, made profitable through capitalism and almost becoming extinct has revived “with the new epoch of global capitalism, a new era of slavery is … arising.   Although it is no longer a direct legal status of enslaved persons, slavery (has acquired) a multitude of new forms…”.

Meanwhile a multituede of problems arise as the refugee crises force different cultures to mesh, particularly when the receiving cultures are already suffering their own “forced” effects of austerity.  But these adaptations will have to happen, particularly as “rapid local and global changes in environment may require unheard-of, large-scale social transformations”.  “New type of international interventions will have to be invented: military and economic interventions that avoid neocolonial traps. What about UN forces guaranteeing peace”.  ZiZek sites many required changes and says “the most difficult and important task is a radical economic change that should abolish social conditions that create refugees. The ultimate cause of refugees is today’s global capitalism itself”.

Read the entire article for more details and a better understanding of how/where the 5 stages apply.


http://inthesetimes.com/article/18385

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