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The End(s) of Capitalism

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And so, in one sense, following in essence the prediction of Marx and Engels (and built upon by their great successor, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin), the End of Capitalism will be brought about by the continuing, unrelenting drive of the capitalists to destroy the labor movement and its political representations, to appropriate more and more of the surplus value produced by their workers, as noted, sharing with them less and less of the fruits of their labors, eventually leading to class-conscious class struggle and socialist revolution.

But there is a third sense in which capitalism is creating its own end: that is the one which I wrote about in my column "The Suicide of Capitalism." Briefly, there are two factors here. First is the increasingly rapid rate at which the planet's natural resources are being consumed (and in the case of the planet's forests which are so essential for maintaining the key factors which enable animal life to survive, their gradual destruction). Second of all is global warming and climate change, about which the U.S. capitalists are not only doing nothing, but in their claims that the whole understanding of how the earth works and doesn't is nothing but a hoax (see Donald Trump), they are actually accelerating the process.

And so, the End of Capitalism is coming, but at the present time there can be no time-prediction for that event. What can be predicted is that a) the ruling classes will make no attempts to reverse the concentration of wealth and income that will eventually lead to the creation of revolutionary movements, and that b) in the United States (and in the United Kingdom as well -- on her first day in office, the new Tory Prime Minister Theresa May, shut down the government Department for Energy and Climate Change) the ruling class will not only not do anything to ameliorate the global warming/climate change problem, but will actually continue to follow policies that actually accelerate it, leading of course to the eventual end of capitalism.

Part II awaits.

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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a "Trusted Author," he is a Senior Editor, (more...)
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