The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Hunger, USA

Dec 7, 2009

Forty-nine million Americans failed to get enough food, nearly one in six people. This is the conclusion of a study just released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture about last year. This year obviously it would be worse. And the rate of unemployment is not expected to go down any time soon. This is nothing less than a catastrophe for working people and their children.

In this huge agricultural, technologically advanced country, why should even one single person go hungry for even one single day?

Officials and “experts” blame it on the recession and high food prices. But these things don’t happen by themselves. They result from the bosses’ conscious policies. In their constant drive for higher profits, bosses push workers to produce more for less money – which lowers the buying power of the population and leads to a recession. Then, trying to protect their profits, bosses lay off workers, further deepening the recession. And as for high food prices, it’s because bosses have set them high to secure still higher profits.

This is the madness of capitalist economy: people are allowed to have enough food – that is, to live – only if some boss decides he will make enough profit selling that food.