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The Highland Clearances, a prime example of Capitalist displacement of peoples. In the 18oo's, Scottish tribal chieftains began expelling people from land in order to 'improve' production. Supported by the English Crown which had already begun the same process, landlords forced people off their ancestral lands to turn land into Capital. The subsequent emigration also caused violence in the lands to which people fled, as indigenous peoples in the Americas and Australia became secondary victims of Scottish Capitalism.

The Highland Clearances, a prime example of Capitalist displacement of peoples. In the 18oo’s, Scottish tribal chieftains began expelling people from land in order to ‘improve’ production. Supported by the English Crown which had already begun the same process, landlords forced people off their ancestral lands to turn land into Capital. The subsequent emigration also caused violence in the lands to which people fled, as indigenous peoples in the Americas and Australia became secondary victims of Scottish Capitalism.

Tuesday marks our 50th post at Gods&Radicals!

Exciting news coming soon regarding the publication of our first print journal.  Also, we’ve added several new authors and have exciting guest posts coming in the next few months.

Again, thanks for all the re-shares, likes, re-posts, comments, and mentions.

Resist beautifully!

This Week

Sean Donahue, Jonathan Woolley, Christopher Scott Thompson, James Lindenschmidt, and Rhyd Wildermuth!

Links

In drought-stricken California, 50 million gallons of water behind an inflatable dam were released by vandals back to the sea.

An animist-leaning, anti-Capitalist urban communal movement sound interesting?  Meet the Kurdish Workers Party revolution in Rojava.

The Zapatistas held a large conference earlier this month entitled Critical Thinking in the Face of the Capitalist Hydra.  We note Sylvia Federici, oft-quoted author of Caliban and the Witch, was amongst those who participated.

 

Glossary

Improvement

A primary Capitalist ethic–maximizing profit derived from land while minimizing human (worker) input and overcoming natural limits to production. Improvement is closely related to Industrialisation–which is a form of improvement.

Because most resources (food, timber, petrochemicals, water) are tied to physical places, those who seek profit must have control of land, and seek constantly to ‘improve’ their extraction of the resources therein.  Small communities rooted in land tend to derive only what they need from it while managing its resources with the sustainability of the community in mind, so often they must be displaced (by force, law, or economic pressure).

The Capitalist ethic demands maximum production from land through ‘scientific management’ (often, irrigation, petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides) while minimizing human input, because workers cost money.

Often these ‘improvements’ have high costs for which the Capitalist is not held responsible.  For instance, chemical run-off from fields or displacement of peoples from land are foisted off onto communities.  Most immigration pressures in Western Capitalist Democracies are results of Capitalist destruction of other economies.

Also, these ‘improvements’ often cause problems that are then treated by more improvements.  Modern meat and dairy production are a great example.  Cows are fed corn (which they cannot ruminate) and given hormones to grow faster and larger.  Stomach infections (from corn) and udder infections (from hormone-improved lactation) sicken the animals, so they are given antibiotics as an ‘improvement.’

Quote

“Witches, like saints, are solitary stars that shine with a light of their own; they depend on nothing and no one, which is why they have no fear and plunge blindly into the abyss with the assurance that instead of crashing to earth, they will fly back out. They can change into birds and see the world from above, or worms to see it from within, they can inhabit other dimensions and travel to other galaxies, they are navigators on an infinite ocean of consciousness and cognition.”

Isabel Allende, author; also, daughter of Socialist president Salvador Allende (who was executed in a CIA-led pro-Capitalist coup)

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