Had the Virus Not Come

Had the virus not come, we would all be fine,Our congress could indulge in their free wine and dines. Had the virus not come, we’d all get alongEven while Fox News’ regular programming stays on. Had the virus not come, our market would be booming.Profit preceding planet, despite the climate crisis looming. Had the virusContinue reading “Had the Virus Not Come”

Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions

According to social justice activist and political-philosopher Iris Marion Young, there are five faces of oppression that an oppressed social group can experience: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, violence, and cultural imperialism. Exploitation looks at how wealth is unequally distributed and is persistent in institutional structures; Marginalization is the exclusion of people or social groups from economicContinue reading “Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions”

Empathize

We often conceive of the world as only one way and it is the way in which we perceive it. But most of us acknowledge that we have different perceptions and values—that’s why we have different religions and different political parties and different food preferences. When we don’t accept others’ perspectives as truths, we createContinue reading “Empathize”

The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions

The imperative for tomorrow’s economy to be more prosperous than today’s puts capitalism in a bind that necessitates resource extraction and pollution while also reducing costs or labor, which furthers wealth inequality and the polarization of humanity into producing and consuming classes (See Parts I and II). There are two general solutions to prevent theContinue reading “The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions”

The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems

Capitalism necessitates that tomorrow’s economy is better than today’s; however, the viability of the continued economic expansion is threatened by both environmental and societal degradation. Previously, I discussed how the growth imperative promotes overconsumption that results in unsustainable resource extraction and cumulatively disastrous wastes (See Part I here). The other front that increasingly threatens tomorrow’sContinue reading “The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems”

The Water-Energy-Food nexus: A guiding light or a continuation of power relations?

Increasingly, policy-makers are using the emerging concept, water-energy-food nexus, to address issues of resource insecurity as interlinked systems by mainly focusing on the role of water. Unfortunately, power relations have framed this nexus idea. As such, it has severe implications for marginalised populations.

Power, Narratives, & “Wild Africa”

Power relations inform knowledge production and perpetuate narratives that uphold destructive hierarchical power structures in the context of our narratives surrounding the great continent of Africa.

Neoliberalism in America: Why we’re in the s*** we’re in

From corporations underpaying employees, evading taxes, and eliminating competition, the resulting society is one where an increasingly monopolised and polarized system benefit the wealthy and provide little opportunity for the not-wealthy to advance.

Failure of neoliberalism in Latin America

Neoliberalism, an economic ideology that emerged in the 1980s, favors market liberalization, free trade, and limited government intervention and has come to dominate the global political-economic system even today. However, this hyper-capitalism has been criticized for favoring the wealthy exclusively and exacerbating inequality for the rest. One of the most quintessential case studies in examiningContinue reading “Failure of neoliberalism in Latin America”