A few months before the death of their revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, I was able to visit the island of Cuba with a friend. The idea was to experience the country, with its communist history and anti-West tendencies, before globalisation and capitalism changed it forever.
This is a guest post in response to the news and events surrounding the rioting in UK prisons.
The recent “incident” in HMP Birmingham is just the latest in a wave of rebellions taking place across the country this autumn, from Bedford to Lewes and elsewhere around the country, and it has little to do with the availability of televisions. And it’s not over – it looks like Hull is next.
Karl Marx believed that capitalism contained the seeds of its own destruction, and whilst we are yet to see whether this is true or not, it is clear that our rigid political ideologies are certainly the cause of their own downfall.
Despite its best efforts, Communism was unable to stem the rising tide of wealth, innovation, and change. Through its State-driven process, and its endless five-year plans, it attempted to plot a path with no clue as to what may be around the next corner. Capitalism survived, and thrived, because of its ability to adapt.
Charles Darwin recognised this phenomenon biologically in the natural world with animals having to adapt (evolve) in order to maintain their existence on the planet. (Note that these adaptations were random and were not driven by the animals themselves).
Politically, we must learn this biological lesson. If you stay still, you fall behind, and eventually cease to exist.
Since 1979, no candidate for British Prime Minister has succeeded without the support of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper The Sun.
Despite its ingrained sexism and misogynistic attitude towards women; despite its racist and xenophobic barrage of headlines; despite the illegal activities of a number of its senior staff; and despite lying repeatedly about the deaths of 96 football fans; The Sun remains the most widely read newspaper in the UK.
Alongside the monarchy, the newspaper continues to be the most popular obstacle to democracy in the country.