capitalism and environmentalism 1/?
it's no secret that we are living in a time in which not just climate change is the foremost issue in many cases, but full on climate collapse. the things I discuss here may very well make you anxious about the future, and I know as a person with an anxiety disorder, this shit eats at me a lot. if you think hey maybe I'll sit this one out that's hella valid.
why are we in the place that we're in? a small but simple question, how did we get here? industrialisation and the pollution caused by it come hand in hand with the development of capitalism. in the late 16th century and especially in the 17th century we see the merchant classes of Europe become the preeminent basis of the national wealth and engine for growth. Feudalism begins to decay and in it's place the bourgeoisie become this empowered class across Europe.
the aims of capitalism are simple, make as much shit as possible, as cheaply as possible and to sell it. before while yes people had been shrewd and tried to make money where they could, there had never been this ideology of orientation of the economy around just making things to sell them in such a manor and scale.
textiles was among the first of the industries to be industrialised in Britain and the reason for that is.... colonialism!!! cheap cotton from India meant there was a huge potential to turn these cheap imports into more expensive complex goods that can be sold for more money and with much lower overhead than European wool textiles ever could because of the glorious East India Company, a private company that literally ran India from the 1750s to the 1850s. it's hard to understate how key and enormous the textiles industry was. in 1750 Britain was taking 2.5 million tonnes of raw cotton from India to Britain to be processed into more complex textiles to be sold on, with the advent of industrialised production and the mass mobilisation of the labour force away from agriculture towards production of goods, 588 million tonnes of raw cotton was taken from India to Britain in 1850.
to get a hold of all of these goods Britain needed a few things. first and foremost, India itself to produce cotton, the same is also true in terms of export of other goods from India too of course. so increasingly Britain went and took larger and larger chunks of India, subjugated this prince under the east India company, stole that land. then began mass resource extraction of gold, silver and the aforementioned mass shipments of cotton. these profits then fed back into the company to fund their own private army and their private state to take over more of India and exploit more of it's resources and set up more system to keep it all in check for the singular end goal of British profits. 200 years of Indian colonial rule were first and foremost about resource extraction to fund this need for infinite demand, the link between imperialism and capitalism is unbreakable and would only get stronger.
then came coal coke. before the widespread use of coal in iron and steel production charcoal was used, and of course it was gotten via burning trees. Britain underwent a mass deforestation to create it's navy used for imperialism, commerce and production of metals, and so they had to change methods. at first charcoal was refined more to be more efficient, but then in the 1750s production of raw coal into a more refine coal coke meant that iron was suddenly a LOT cheaper to produce. the iron was also more infused with carbon, and thus stronger than previous methods. with the massive decrease in the cost of iron the entire industry BOOMED in one of the largest rapid economic growths of all time that created the modern post agricultural era.
and so we begin the exploitation of coal because it's cheap as fuck to find it, a shit load more efficient than charcoal and allowed for a mass industrialisation increasing economic capacity in all aspects of life. the creation of the steam engine was one of the pivotal points of all this, it was a machine which ran the production for you much much stronger and faster than any human could and didn't require anything like a water wheel which was far far slower. the steam engine further increased the demands for iron and coal.
along side these huge booming demands you need the workers, and infrastructure to support this infinitely expanding engine which is never allowed to slow down. cities begin to massively swell as where you have this high concentration of industry you need a high concentration of workers to run that industry and all the secondary things to keep it going. the technological developments of the industrial revolution allowed for more and more people to turn away from the predominantly agricultural lifestyles which had been the basis of most all economic activity by humans for the past 10,000 years and bring them into denser and denser urban areas for the sole sake of mass producing goods that would be sold.
the industrial revolution was a product of capitalism and imperialism that completely changed human production from a subsistence based agricultural economy with secondary industrial of craftsmen into a massive engine that constantly screams for more and more resources and that all of life and human society was planned around. this is an extremely new thing as well, only beginning in the 1750s and massively exploding in the 19th century.
haha, I know we all like to have a laugh here at mastodon dot com, but if I may get real for a second here folks. while you're sitting there with your gay pride, there's one type of person who can't, a noble and oppressed people who always have to ask "but what about me?" only to be trodden down by their queer oppressors constantly beating them down when they try to speak up. we all know one of them, and I think it's time we acknowledge them. I'm of course talking about the brave, proud and important cis gendered white heterosexual male aged 18-35. this one goes out to you bud 😔 ✊
Ableism, anti homeless, Twitter
Huhh. Just read a really ableist and homelessphobic thread from 2 years ago on the bird place. And several prominent breadtubers jumped into the comments to be ableist.. people... do not pass your warped and entitled judgement against the most vulnerable and helpless people because they aren't as clean or cordial as you.... what the fuck.. you fucking liberals...
@CornishRepublicanArmy "AI Stop Button Problem" AKA "If we make an actual intelligent being how do we make it OK with us killing it?"
A misconception I often see is that longer, technical words are harder to understand than shorter ones. But the truth is, technical words often only have one meaning, where as easier words often have many.
For example my students understand "difficult" because it only has one meaning, but "hard" can describe difficulty, texture, and an attitude.
Or let's look at the word "do"
It can be used as "let's do this" or "let's do lunch" or "I don't do that brand of clothes". Difficult, no?
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