Poetry – Capitalism Kills

Capitalism Kills


Capitalism is killing the planet.

We should all rise up and ban it!

A system based on wealth and greed

Is really not what we need.

Clawing up the earth chopping down the trees

Bringing the planet down to its knees.

There has to be a better way than this

For us all to co-exist.

Accumulating stuff and throwing it away

Without a thought for the very next day.

Sixty per cent of everything has already gone.

Something, surely tells us this is wrong.

There has to be a better way

For us to live together and be OK.

We’re killing all the creatures stealing their homes

To fill our front yard with garden gnomes.


Opher – 11.9.2020

35 thoughts on “Poetry – Capitalism Kills

  1. Nice one.

    Your poem reminded me of the anger I felt when I became aware of this blatant and thoughtless act of destruction in Australia by the Rio Tinto mining company. Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine | Australia news | The Guardian Just one tiny example of capitalism brushing aside someone else’s values.

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  2. This black swan kills so fast and spreads so quickly, across the planet people have made hit or miss guesstaments on how to treat it. It reminds me of AIDS in Africa where the tribal medicine men recommended sex with a young virgin girl! Eventually they corralled the AIDS wild stallion, but prior to that people attempted to treat it based on a guess and a hope.

    Its simply not fair to condemn the POTUS for the Corona virus. He delegates his best “witch doctors” [a comparison to African societies], and hopes for the best.

    1. Moshe – Trump’s mistakes were firstly to disband all the anti-pandemic institutions and remove funding from science early on in his ‘leadership’. Then he denied the virus and downplayed it instead of preparing. Then he undermined the social distancing and masks. He branded it a democrat hoax and undermined the protective campaigns. Then he started pushing fake cures – bleach and UV, then he started pushing dangerous drugs like the antimalarial and Ebola drugs – which don’t work. Then he started urging everywhere to end lockdowns while knowing it would lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths. Then he started pushing for the removal of safety standards on the vaccine so it could be rushed out – knowing that could be dangerous.
      All he cares about is his own power and wealth. The man is a moron.

      1. Easier to be a critic than a play-write. The role of the President: he delegates authority to experts in the field. Trump has done just that. Obozo the shoe shine boy did not do it when confronted by the H1N1 swine flu.

      2. Moshe – you do talk rubbish without checking the facts. Trump immediately on coming into power disbanded the anti-pandemic teams that Obama (I’m ignoring the ignorant racism) put in place – teams that were preparing for such a pandemic. He cut budgets to all science and environmental work. All he cared about was money. He is ignorant and disparages science.
        Obama’s strategy against five pandemics (HIV, SARS, MERS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu)worked. He was prepared and preparing.

  3. First, the 2015 anti-pandemic teams, set up by NSC (National Security Council) lead by Susan Rice. A forum of White House personnel that advises the president on national security and foreign policy matters. In May 2018, the team was disbanded and its head Timothy Ziemer, top White House official in the NSC for leading U.S. response against a pandemic, left the Trump administration. The Washington Post article, quotes J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as saying: “Health security is very fragmented, with many different agencies”.

    The personnel changes, which Morrison and others characterize as a downgrading of global health security, are part of Bolton’s previously announced plans to streamline the NSC. Trump would later fire Bolton for this mistake. The Washington Post article reports that NSC spokesman Robert Palladino as saying, the administration “remains committed to global health, global health security and biodefense, and will continue to address these issues with the same resolve under the new structure.

    The same week that Timothy Ziemer left, the administration released a list of $15 billion in spending cuts it wants Congress to approve. With 20/20 hindsight its easy to criticize a black swan, but such criticism merits little if any respect. Cutting the budget debt Trump got elected upon.

    1. As I said – he disbanded the antipandemic team, cut funding to science, disbanding all the environmental teams, pulled out of the Paris accord and is an ignorant fool.

      1. Perhaps. But then since you know the future, must depress you no end that Trump crushes corrupt Brain dead Biden in the general election and that the DemoRATS lose their majority in the House due to 4+ years of Russia-gate lies.

      2. One’s interests depend on the interests of others. To solely look at your own is selfish and in the end will not even be in your own interests. Looking at the bigger picture in order to create harmony is in your own interest.

      3. Bunk. Personal on national state interests do not depend upon one’s immediate neighbor or other nation states. Britain, that imperialist war monger state, decided that empire represented its best interests. While its true that both Spain, the Dutch, and France – all defeated by Britain to promote British interests – likewise held that imperialism served the interests of their respective States. Spain and the Dutch, after their defeat to the British ceased being imperialist powers to this very day. So in this context States do modify their national interests based upon neighboring competing interests. None the less, Britain did not force the Spanish empire or Dutch empire or French empire. That ambition the leaders of those countries embraced, even at the risk of war.

      4. Foreign nation and how much more so the UN do not determine the international borders of the Jewish state. The pretense otherwise reflect evil imperialism.

      5. They used to be. But now in civilised times, they are carried out by negotiation involving the UN.
        I’d do away with all nations and artificial borders.

      6. Bunk. The UN has no mandate to change borders of any country, not North and South Korea, not Vietnam, and most definitely not the Jewish State.

      7. The Un deliberates, makes pronouncements, brings pressure and, more importantly, brings parties together to discuss resolution. That is what is required with The Arabs, the Palestinians and the Israelis.

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