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Prof. John McMurtry's The Cancer Stage of Capitalism/From Crisis to Cure provides a comprehensive diagnosis and cure for the cancer that is currently metastasizing throughout the globe. The op-ed below features an abridged discussion of the as yet largely undiagnosed cancer, and some cures that should be immediately implemented

Neoliberal capitalism is a cancer that metastasizes on its host, the public sphere, and destroys it, every time.

Deregulated banking is an example of neoliberalism. Previously in the U.S, the Glass Steagall Act, and related regulations, served as a firewall between commercial banking, depositors' money and casino shadow banking. Casino banking is banking based on bets: hedge funds, derivatives, etc.

The human cost of deregulated banking can include mass starvation .[i]

The absence of a firewall between depositors' cash and casino banking was also a catalyst for the 2007-08 financial crisis, where the perpetrators were rewarded with gargantuan public bailouts. Remarkably, structural changes have yet to be made to avoid future crashes.

Monopoly capitalism is a hallmark of the disease. When Monsanto wins, we lose. Instead of investing in monopoly agriculture cash crops which displace smallholders, reduce food sovereignty, and require high carbon inputs, we should be investing in food sovereignty, smallholders, biodiversity, and healthy, local food.

Neoliberalism means that the cancer of the bailed-out "private" sector expands its markets by making inroads into what should be sacrosanct public services -- all to the detriment of public health, and the economy.

P3 schemes, where the bailed out private sector "partners" with public sector (ie P3 hospitals) always cost more. [ii] The public treasury invariably loses money, citizens pay more for less, many citizens lose access to essential services, while poverty and negative health outcomes surge.

A "cure" would include pharmacare and universal healthcare, but private insurers, increasingly protected by corporate sovereignty deals like NAFTA, (and soon TPP, and CETA?) don't want a cure. There's more money in the disease.

Big Pharma wants its private profits, even as people die through increasingly inaccessible, unaffordable medications and services. [iii]

Deregulated Big Oil is another malignant cancer that is heavily subsidized by the public even as it destroys the habitable planet and the economy. Environmental regulations are trashed, [iv] spills (atmospheric and land-based) occur, atmospheric CO2 rises, and global warming is increasingly catastrophic.

Alberta's tar sands are a deregulated disaster. [v] Profits leave, the government runs deficits, while people and the environment die.

Extra parliamentary corporate sovereignty treaties (referenced earlier) are also a cancer. Transnational "deals" enable the offshoring of well-paying jobs to low wage countries that have weak social infrastructures (conditions often created by the West through illegal coups and invasions)[vi]

Every country recently invaded ie Iraq,[vii] Libya,[viii] Syria,[ix] previously had advanced social infrastructures, including healthcare, accessible schooling, and affordable housing. National resources and public banking were used to advance the health and welfare of their societies.

These countries and their people are being destroyed so we can bring them Big Pharma, Big Finance, Big Oil, and other metastasizing models and monopolies that will control and impoverish them.

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Mark Taliano is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and the author of Voices from Syria, Global Research Publishers, 2017. Visit the author's website at https://www.marktaliano.net where this (more...)
 

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