The deadly fruits of neoliberalism

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One Hemisphere Indivisible: Permanent Revolution and Neoliberalism in the Americas, by Guerry Hoddersen, was adopted at the 2006 U.S. convention of the Freedom Socialist Party. Excerpts are below.

Free-traders were betting that neoliberalism would give capitalism a second wind, and for a while, it did. But over the past few years it has been stirring up more resistance than revenue, not just in Latin America but also in the U.S.

The quality of life has deteriorated as public services have been cut, sold off. Tax money for maintenance and repairs has been siphoned off into tax give–backs to the wealthy and corporations and into funding for drug wars, oil wars, and military occupations. Money flows in a river of gold from working people to the government, ending up as an ocean of profits for Halliburton and other big contractors.

The increasing commodification of nature is one aspect of the disaster. Everything from seeds used in farming to genetic sequences that may predispose people to certain diseases or traits can be patented and sold. What was once the collective inheritance of humanity — the gene pool of people and animals, clean water and air — is on the block to the highest bidder.

The most conclusive argument for international socialist revolution is what the reigning economic system does to the planet. On a social scale, just as on an ecological scale, there are no national solutions. We will either find them together or we will suffer separately.

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