[Marxism] The inhuman priorities of capitalism.

michael perelman michael.perelman3 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 10 22:07:49 MST 2016

In this supposedly democratic country, governors in some states have the
right to replace local governments with an appointed "emergency manager."

The cruel behavior of authorities in Flint Michigan who switched the town's
water from Detroit's water supply to the toxic water of the Flint River
threatens the health of the town's population, especially the youngest
among them.  Most state officials (with the responsibility for protecting
the well-being of the public -- with some heroic exceptions) looked the
other way.

The purpose of shifting the water supply was to save money, but that will
prove to be unrealistic. The backlash from the damage to the public will
ultimately cost the town far more than any projected savings.

But, to be fair, the authorities did show some compassion.  When they
learned that the toxic water was harming automobile parts at a local
General Motors Plant, they provided the factory better water – a choice
that will cost the city $400,000 a year.  Of course, the costs will
ultimately fall on the city, which will be unable to cover that cost.  No
doubt the city will be expected to privatize or sell off its assets,
leaving the people of Flint stripped of the rudiments of a livable
environment.  Only the car parts will escape unscathed from this neoliberal

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA

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fax 530 898 5901

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