The final stages of capitalism

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In Das Kapital, (my translation) Marx describes the final stages of capitalism, literally along the lines of ‘capitalism will eat itself’:

 

“The final stages of capitalism will be marked by global capital being unable to expand and generate profits at former levels. Capitalists will begin to consume the government along with the physical and social structures that sustained them. Democracy, social welfare, electoral participation, the common good and investment in public transportation, roads, bridges, utilities, industry, education, ecosystem protection and health care will be sacrificed to feed the mania for short-term profit. These assaults will destroy the host.”

 

Let’s break that down and apply the mentioned elements to contemporary Ireland under a Fine Gael government:

 

“global capital being unable to expand and generate profits at former levels”

Apple is granted planning permission by Galway City Council despite admitting that the proposed data centre will “consume more electricity than Dublin”.

https://www.irishcentral.com/business/technology/apple-told-to-reveal-why-they-are-building-new-massive-plant-in-secret-area-in-ireland

 

As a result of intense publicity, and despite winning their Supreme Court appeal, Apple abandons its plans to build the ‘super data centre’.

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/supreme-court-dismisses-residents-appeal-over-apple-s-athenry-data-centre-1.3856972

 

But was the withdrawal due to publicity, or was it a case that Apple did not need the data centre anymore?

https://www.equinix.ie/resources/analyst…/gartner-emerging-digital-infrastructures/

 

Capitalists will begin to consume the government along with the physical and social structures that sustained them.

During its (almost) ten years in government, Fine Gael have consistently sold off public assets, usually with the public purse coming off second-best and the buyer making a killing:

https://www.thejournal.ie/state-assets/news/

 

 

Democracy, social welfare, electoral participation, the common good and investment in public transportation, roads, bridges, utilities, industry, education, ecosystem protection and health care will be sacrificed to feed the mania for short-term profit.

A small selection of examples indicating the ever widening chasm between the “have it all’s” and the “have nothing’s”.

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https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/taoiseach-denies-budget-intended-to-safeguard-fine-gael-government-874219.html

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/thousands-turn-out-for-cardiac-care-upgrade-in-waterford-1.3764222

 

https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/dail/2017-11-22/28/

 

 

https://www.focusireland.ie/

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The latest attack on democracy is Fine Gael’s plan to “streamline” planning applications; i.e. crush any public objectors/opposition.

 

https://www.finegael.ie/new-laws-examined-data-centre-planning-breen/

 

 

“These assaults will destroy the host.”

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from practice in 2002 to take up a full-time lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). His current interest is the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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