Sunday, December 22, 2019

Editorial, "SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPEMENT AND SOCIALISM", in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, 30November 2019 Special issue, Vol. 15: Pt. 2, No. 22 issue


The latter is nowadays depicted as an undesirable, even impossible, ideal by most of the free capitalism protagonist economists and politicians of the day, who preponderate in the world, post the collapse of the Soviet Union and fall of socialist systems in general – mainly due to their own inherent defects and unpopularity due to the Big Brother regimes and suppression of human rights in that name. However, as Dr. Paul Craig Roberts had made it clear in his “Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism”, and as more and more people-friendly economists all over the world are recognizing, it is not State Socialism alone which is capable of such misrule, but more so, the profit greedy corporate capitalism, vastly growing unbriddled in this age of so-called globalism, which is prone to as also demonstrated its oppressions and genocidal atrocities against the peoples and only benefited the 1% super-rich at the cost of the deprived 90% all over the world. In this context it is exhilarating to find that as per the Sustainable Development Index (SDI) designed by anthropologist Dr Jason Hickel, which in a way properly upgrades the Human Development Index developed by the Pakistani economist Mahbub-ul-Haq that is being used by the United Nations Development Program since 1990 too, is now the highest in Cuba, one of the last bastions of Socialism, which has survived all the threats, sanctions and aggressive attacks by the world’s most formidable imperialist power till date, and blended its state socialism with humanist democracy and even free markets to an extent; this SDI calculates its results by dividing a nation's "human development" score, obtained by looking at statistics on life expectancy, health and education, by its "ecological overshoot," the extent to which the per capita carbon footprint exceeds Earth's natural limits.” So often the supposedly freedom and democracy oriented capitalist imperialist West portrays its developed economies as glaring examples of success of capitalism cleverly hiding not only their miserable human rights records all over the world but, more important, the enormous ecological costs they imposed on the nature and environment and the peoples of the world in general. It is a truism that if environmental costs are reckoned the capitalist corporations can never prosper in the front ranks and if public costs i.e. the stupendous public finances they plunder are taken into account, one only wonders why not organized intelligent communities of people themselves take over the reins instead of leaving it to these crooked devotees of Moloch and Mammon. Well, that is exactly what is meant by the ideal of sustainable development oriented humanist democratic socialism, which is the only option to save us from the dangers of an armageddon and an ecological disaster resulting in total ruin of our species altogether. §§§

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