By Cyprian Ntiamba Obi Ntui
It was the writings of Karl Marx, the un-acclaimed father of Communism that exposed the demonic side of capital and led to the splitting of the world into two antagonistic camps – Communists and Capitalists – in the nineteenth century.
That Communism crumbled like a pack of cards nearly another century later is not to say that Karl Marx was wrong at his stigmatization of crude capitalism.
Rather, Communism could not stand the test of time because of the reality that conscious effort, struggle and the exertion of the human will are natural preconditions for human progress.
Indeed, no individual or group can move forward simply by folding their arms and sitting down and waiting for manner to fall from heaven. Nor can man ever become so ingenious as to create a world where mankind can live and enjoy the good things of life without laboring for them.
Indeed, a life of blissful ease is not given to man in this mortal life ever since the fall of Adam. The earth was cursed for his sake and it is from the sweat of his brow that he must eat daily until he dies.
The argument notwithstanding, the reality of man’s negative use of financial power, and the ravages it causes are quite much evident in the world today.
Who, except the blind, does not see how multi-national conglomerates, interest groups and individuals still use money to create complicated problems for human society to keep grappling with while at the same time, big businesses keep enjoying a steady profit? This they do with politicians knowingly or unknowingly colluding with them to keep the obnoxious products in place.
The world celebrated another anti-tobacco day last week. The same international community marks anti-cancer, anti-malaria, anti-racism, anti-this and that days and so on and so forth year in year out. But as the years go by, no one sees any tangible changes.
Absurdly, the world never sits back to reflect deeply about the primordial role that capital and politics play in watering down all efforts by civilized humanity to make the world a better place for all.
We think less about how we use capital to promote life styles that ruin the lives of many that are vulnerable either because of their naïvety or just because of their being uninformed.
Who is that person who can look deep and see far enough to perceive the damage caused by those who commercialise the use of preservatives even by children?
Rather than insist on teaching children what is right and enforcing it, we encourage them to resort to promiscuous lifestyles so long as they do not get pregnant. Then later in life when they want the children, they never come because they have rendered themselves sterile.
Why is humanity so shy at telling the young about what is right and trying to impose it? Why do we choose remedial methods which are but shortcuts that expose them to more complications or even loss of their dear lives? Can we even fathom the types of diseases that come from encouraging the vulnerable to resort to the use of various forms of contraceptives?
Why are illnesses like fibroses and growths becoming so common? Why are we unable to attribute the explosion of all forms of cancers to capitalists who want to promote their businesses by encouraging the gullible to consume just anything they produce?
And what about our politicians who, for the sake of their careers, rely on these money bags to finance their programmes while they close their eyes to the havoc their products and base values are causing on humanity?
Who can fathom the overall impact of the abuse of alcoholic beverages as the disease spreads from one generation to the other, in a family, community and nation? And how many politicians can accept that there is a link between social problems and the profiteering activities of brewers and or distillers of these beverages?
How many are they amongst us who, on seeing a mad man on the street ruined by one addiction or the other can link that man’s predicament to cut-throat capitalism? When the United Nations and the World Health Organisation are doing their best to safeguard the health of humanity and nothing seems to work, how many are they in the world who can see the hand of vindictive capital?
How many have the eyes to see how Chief Executive Officers of multinational corporations keep trying to blindfold the ignorant so that they stay put on their addictions while the trades of the latter keep flourishing?
Is it not the arrogance of capital that gives a voice to homosexual groups who see nothing disturbing in mounting pressure on humanity to elevate all forms of waywardness to the rank of universal acceptability?
For a world that worships the god of money, anything is acceptable so long as it either brings profit or so long as the promoter is a man with capital. But since man does not live by bread alone, dirty money will always have short legs that run short and soon are no more.