y'ever think about how the Irish potato famine and associated plagues basically wouldn't have starved millions if not for Thomas Malthus convincing both major political parties of the time that the famine was a natural part of population control and would help turn Ireland away from their agrarian communal villages into a modern, capitalist economy?
oh yeah, and the media then was ALSO largely ignored because an initial scientific report predicting dire consequences turned out to have overshot the consequences of the first year of potato blight, even though later on the situation did became truly hellish. people in England were like "buuhh fake news" when hearing about the dire situation in Ireland, meanwhile, from freed slaves and native Americans, food donations internationally were completely outdoing the English response
@starwall “all this that is happening has happened before, and will happen again”
@starwall i always think about how much more productive workers would be if they didn't have to worry about having shelter, or food, or water etc.
but then I remember that our problem is not at all "low productivity" and instead just people profiting off of keeping others this insecure
You can see it in how the ruling class will often do absolutely foolish looking things that clearly cost more money than they bring in, but it also enforces power structures.
uber and lyft have always turned a huge loss, but are able to keep workers without rights and money
All americans having good healthcare and education would presumably do a lot of good for the economy, but it'd also empower the underclass, which is a major threat to the capitalist overlords.
You even see it at lower classes with poor conservative voters, turned venomous towards getting financial and material aid in exchange for keeping them higher on the heirarchy than "the other" (minorities etc)
@wyrdash Workers have to worry about "earning" their basic human needs, and if we fight eviction or feed homeless people in a park, we are dangerous. Veteran mercenaries infiltrated water protector camps. The nineteenth century elites organized cops to keep us from rising up and creating communes out of their markets. Innocent prisoners are enslaved and tortured. Proud Boys beat antifascists and LGBTQ+ while dancing liberals hid under their sheets. Workers are tools in this economy. @starwall
@starwall the ottomans tries to send a ship of food to Ireland and Victoria sent the navy to threaten to sink them. native Americans, I do not know which tribe though,raised a bunch of money to send to Ireland to feed people.
I think the most insidious part of the potato famine is there was food there, the poor just couldn't afford it and potatoes were the only staple crop they had. they starved while the rich around them lived like kings
@CornishRepublicanArmy I am seeing a *number* of parallels to today
more about that neat memorial and gift
@CornishRepublicanArmy @starwall "Despite the oppression faced by the Choctaws in the years preceding the famine, on hearing of the plight and hunger of the Irish people in 1847, they raised $170 to send to the Irish people and ease their suffering. This figure is equivalent to tens of thousands of dollars in today’s currency"(irishcentral.com)
heres the memorial if anyones interested:
@starwall .....TIL, thanks to this post, that malthus was directly advising on that
@starwall Malthus just put an outer layer of scientific-sounding nonsense math over what was already a series of genocidal policies that colonial powers were going to adopt either way. Malthusianism is a pair of science-themed lips eternally kissing the ass of imperialism, and that's all it's ever going to be.
@starwall nah. When leadership fails I try to avoid shooting the messenger. Hold those with both the authority and responsibility accountable.
@nimbius I'm talking cause and effect here, of course individual leaders are at fault but if we ignore the ideologies that led them to make the decisions they did then we're just completely ignoring history at that point
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