Starvation management is a result of globalist corporatism and allocation of resources prioritization that regards entitlement options for food purchases of contingent importance compared to corporate profits and neo-classical economic paradigms that disregard externalities such as the planet’s environment and eating as unimportant non sequiters if not within global corporate loop iteration requirements. Globalism provides numerous deleterious impacts upon national interests and local political autonomy. Globalist economics disdains national borders as hindrances to a global market-and that global market with absolute advantage globally for corporate producers means that production of local foodstuffs may be eliminated because of required importation of cheaper globally produced food that can be purchased unfortunately oftimes just by those with good jobs.
Farming is a business with roller coaster like output variables depending upon growing conditions; paradoxically in high output years food prices drop and farmers may lose money at the margins-that’s why the United States has had food price supports historically for farmers in order to ensure an even food supply. With globally dominated food production eliminating farm subsidies may be required of the people because of W.T.O. that forbid letting governments support small local businesses such as family farms that compete with global farm corporations. Paradoxically if national governments do subsidize farms and many of them are globally owned corporate farms then the people of the nation are actually paying taxes to the globally owned corporate farms too as discrimination is verbotten.
In effect globalism wars upon ecological economics and rational comparative advantage criteria policies of nations that allow rational border control, food production for survival and development of vital new industries such as alternate power and alternate transportation modalities that permit ecologically rational technological progress and output to sale units that might compete with global economic control. Because global corporations control the broadcast media through ownership and propagandize the public as malodorous sycophants of evil irrational aggression the prospects for a right return to conservative ecological nationalism aren’t good presently.
Higher food prices are managed by global corporate collectives along with higher fuel prices. The most powerful profit and broadcast incremental ideas to the masses as if they were being served.
Venturing into the difficult subject of food prices and hunger, starvation and political power isn’t the usual subject for a philosopher. Philosophers may perhaps prefer to be more cautious and technical in their approaches to various macro-social issues. Such caution is requisite it seems for a meaningful attempt at accuracy in understanding and describing the etiology and status of macro-social, empirical circumstances of concern. Yet I will write anyway without the customary conservative deliberation and study preferred; it may be that such an approach works better in circumstances where the consequences aren’t so immediate and dire. Hunger is a traditional tool of political power, and with the world moving off a more natural and locally controlled agrarian foundation for producing foodstuffs onto an industrial and post-industrial basis that even second and third world peoples aspire to join global political power more readily may influence the course of events, equipment, personnel and allocation of food and food production related resources in accord with their personal, proprietary collective management philosophy.
Following Robert Malthus’ theories based on work for the British East Indian Company the economist Ricardo devised the infamous ‘iron law of wages’. That hypothesis stated that the unlearned masses of peasant humanity would reproduce as fast and as numerously as available food allowed. A further corollary of economists of that era was that it would be cruel to allow the reproduction of vast numbers of ignorant people that would subsequently starve to death because population had exceeded temporarily food production and food cost. That was a rational to pay the lowest possible wages to workers and to impoverish them in accord with compassionate conservatism; the compassion lay in starving parents or potential parents far enough to prevent their birthing of large families doomed to suffering. Compassionate conservatism today updated to the global control era would perhaps logically allocate billions and billions or even trillions to the top 1% of income earners and starve the masses globally with high food costs in order to control global overpopulation.
Global overpopulation is obvious and well known as a pressure factor socially with a plethora of laws such as the Kyoto protocols adumbrated to control the effluence of six billion human beings over-stressing the global environment. Quality farmland is over-built with sprawling housing subdivisions to reduce food production, the green revolution has failed to produce higher and higher quantities of food on fewer possible acres, water resources are being over used and polluted-the desire for first world life-styles makes everything more expensive in many respects, including food that must be flown globally to satisfy the lustful appetites of the ‘deserving’ masses desiring quality lives formally reserved to royalty. The question is what can be done to keep down food costs, keep corn for human food instead of for automobile fuel and so forth.
Nationalism is the sole sober political formation capable of keeping democracy alive and under local control. Secure national borders without illegal alien immigration or large scale legal immigration for economic purposes are requisites for a non-corrupt form of capitalism. Capitalism that is allowed to corrupt rational boundaries for immediate profit is corruptitalism that rots reason, political rationality and a sustainable free enterprise driven economy with stable prices.
A corrupted capitalism that breaks all boundaries as is customary today destabilizes implicitly micro-economic structures including food. A stable economy is reprehensible to corrupted capitalists that seeks only abstract profits instead of a stable quality of life. Capitalism becomes equated with a radical concept of evolution theory and change for the sake of change is deemed politically good, and a survival of the fittest is deemed best, with the qualitative evaluation of the best reduced to a non-rational opinion that the survivor or remnant is the best de facto. One lame duck in a tarred nuclear world burning plutonium fires would be the best pinnacle for capitalist, corrupted evolution in such a theoretical framework. The frenzy of trade for itself having replaced the reason for trade, borders, stability and nations-even food becomes a commodity few have a right to posses, and even fewer to profit from as corrupted political and economic union in corporatism has eclipsed reason.