Wednesday’s post sums up my thesis: Capitalism/corporatism must reach its fatal limit at the limits of the Earth itself, at which point, like the proverbial shark no longer able to swim, it must stagnate, sink, collapse.
GMOs comprise an attempt to overcome this limit by using technology to turn the globe itself into a slate which can be wiped clean and written on all over again, over and over and over. Each iteration is a new round of capitalist accumulation, each more vicious than the last, each following more closely upon the other.
This is the totalitarian extreme of the corporate imperative, and the basis of total corporate domination.
I’ll expand upon this. I’ll describe corporate food imperialism in general, and how GMOs are its ultimate manifestation. I’ll describe how the corporate state’s thuggery on behalf of the GMO rackets and welfare handouts to them are the most typical actions of this state’s general activity.
To provide evidence for this thesis, I’ll also demonstrate:
1. That no one within the system cares about whether GMOs increase yield. (They don’t.)
2. That no one cares about “feeding the world”. (It’s long been proven that corporate agriculture cannot do this and doesn’t want to do this. GMOs continue the pattern of decades.)
3. That no one cares whether GMOs reduce herbicide or pesticide use. (They increase it.)
4. That no one cares whether GMOs control weeds or insects. (On the contrary, they automatically generate superweeds and superbugs.)
5. That no one cares about drought resistance and other alleged traits. (GMOs can’t accomplish these.)
6. That no one cares if GMOs contaminate other crops and the environment at large. (They inevitably do.)
7. That no one cares if GMOs are safe. (As a matter of policy and dogma, no systematic safety testing was ever done on ANY GMO.)
8. That no amount of evidence that they’re unsafe will ever sway system policy and propaganda. (The ad hoc testing which has been done, and by now there’s been a lot of it, including rigged tests done by the GMO rackets themselves, has unanimously found potential problems for human health, usually severe ones. Not a single test has EVER given GMOs a clean bill of health.)
9. That no one cares that every polity everywhere, with no exceptions, given any chance to democratically express its will, has rejected GMOs.
10. That no one cares that agroecology has been proven to outperform industrial ag, including GMOs, according to every measure.
I think that if you put 1-10 together (and there may be others I’m not thinking of offhand), they constitute proof that the system’s top-down forcing of GMOs (a command economic policy by any measure; no polity anywhere has ever endorsed them or failed to reject them given a chance) has nothing to do with any consideration at all other than the profit imperative, the corporate domination imperative, the totalitarian power imperative.
I’m planning to write this up as a long essay/draft for a book. My posts here will be at first notes toward this project, and later drafts for it.