Reflections by Comrade Fidel
A JUST CAUSE TO DEFEND AND THE HOPE TO CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD
During recent weeks, the current president of the
Almost every economist refers to the economic crisis that began in October of 1929. The one before had happened at the end of the nineteenth century. One tendency that has become widespread among US politicians is that of believing that just as soon as the banks have enough money to grease the wheels of the production apparatus machinery, everything will march onwards to an idyllic and never dreamed of world.
The differences between the so-called economic crisis of the 1930s and the one today are many, but I will focus only on one of the most important ones.
From the close of World War I, the dollar, based on the gold standard, substituted
the British pound sterling due to the huge quantities of gold that
Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, succeeded largely because he was
aided by the crisis, just as Obama is by today’s crisis. Following the Keynesian theory,
In 1929 the price of a troy ounce was 20 dollars and
In July, 1944, based on this physical gold guarantee, the Bretton Woods Agreement
was reached, authorizing the powerful country the privilege of printing hard
currency while the rest of the world was in bankruptcy. The
I don’t have to remind you of what came next, from the atomic bombs
dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki – we have just commemorated 64 years of
that genocide – up to the coup d’état in Honduras and the seven military bases
that the US government intends to set up in Colombia. The fact is that in 1971, under the Nixon
administration, the gold standard was suppressed and the unlimited printing of
dollars became the greatest swindle of humanity. By virtue of the privilege granted by the Bretton
Woods Agreement, the
The empire and its capitalist allies, while competing among themselves,
have made us believe that the anti-crisis measures are the right formulas leading
to salvation. But
NAFTA is the clearest example of what could happen to a developing
country that falls into the jaws of the wolf: at the last
However, in the midst of the present crisis, the greatest FTA in the world acquires full validity: the World Trade Organization, which was founded to the tune of neo-liberalism, at a time when the world finances and idyllic dreams were in full swing.
On the other hand, yesterday, August 11, BBC World reported that a
thousand UN officials meeting in
Ivo de Boer, the top-ranking UN climate change official, said that there were only 119 days until the Summit and that they had an enormous number of diverging interests, little time for discussion, a complex document on the table (two hundred pages long) and funding problems. He further added that developing nations insisted that most of the greenhouse gases came from the industrialized world.
The developing world has stated the necessity for financial aid in order to cope with climate change.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed that if urgent measures are not taken to combat climate change, this could lead to mass violence and upheavals throughout the planet.
He said that climate change will intensify droughts, flooding and other natural disasters; that the water shortages will affect hundreds of millions of people and malnutrition will devastate a great number of developing countries.
In an article published by the The New York Times on August 9 last, it was explained that: “Analysts see climate change as a threat to national security.”
“Such climate-induced crises –the article goes on–could topple governments, feed terrorist movements and destabilize entire regions, say the analysts and experts at the Pentagon and intelligence agencies who for the first time are taking a serious look at the national security implications of climate change.”
“’It gets real complicated real quickly,’ said Amanda J. Dory, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, who is working with a Pentagon group assigned to incorporate climate change into national security strategy planning.”
From the The New York Times article we can deduce that in the
Senate not everyone is convinced that this is a real problem, totally ignored
until now by the
There are some who say that the economic crisis marks the end of imperialism; maybe we should wonder whether or not this is something worse for our species.
In my opinion, the best thing will always be to have a just cause to defend and the hope to continue moving forward.
Fidel Castro Ruz