By Mark E. Smith | Fubar and Grill
October 14, 2013
I live in the USA, a capitalist country where corporations have more rights than humans. It is perfectly legal for a corporation to make billions in profits from activities that cause irreparable harm to human health, but it is considered terrorism to attempt to interfere with those blood-drenched profits.
Despite this, I registered “Fubar and Grill” for Blog Action Day, (http://blogactionday.org/), October 16th, 2013, which focuses on Human Rights. Imagine my confusion at finding that I had to select the type of blog I had, and Human Rights was not one of the available categories. So, I checked “politics,” although I’m very much against what the US calls politics, (i.e., electing corporate-funded crooks to make national decisions).
I do not believe that human rights and capitalism are compatible or can co-exist. Where corporations can legally produce carcinogenic toxins that get into everyone’s food, water, and air, the concept of human rights is a very sick joke that isn’t likely to be appreciated by the millions of very sick people capitalism has harmed. It is even worse when the ubiquitous radiation and dioxin pollution are blamed on smoking, (See: “How Tobacco Took the Rap for Dioxin and Radiation” http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1547).
This country has the largest prison system in the world, and most prisoners are caged for non-violent crimes, while the corporate executives who pollute and poison the planet are appointed to high level government policy making positions. In the USA, environmental and animal rights groups are listed as terrorist organizations, despite never having harmed a human or even an animal, while genuine terrorist organizations, like Al Qaeda in Syria, receive US government funds to support their crimes against humanity.
I know that there were human rights in Libya because Muammar Gaddafi gave all Libyans the right to free housing, free health care, free higher education, and a guaranteed income for those who were unemployed. I believe that is why the US killed him, because the US is utterly opposed to human rights.
In my country, nobody can travel without producing identification and subjecting themselves to humiliating body searches; youngsters in poor urban areas cannot walk down the streets in their own neighborhoods without being stopped, frisked, often beaten, and sometimes killed by the cops; people who try to occupy public space are set upon by police riot squads; and even those who are employed in the war economy of the biggest military superpower on the planet, have good reason to fear for their job security.
The US, as someone recently Tweeted, was founded by the genocide of one race and built upon the enslavement of another.
Human rights? As Gandhi is said to have remarked with regard to Western Civilization, “I think it would be a great idea.”