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Live Aid: It Was Thirty Years Ago Today. Has Anything Changed?

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Thirty years ago today saw the Live Aid concerts at Wembley, Philadelphia and across the world take place to raise awareness and money for famine relief in Africa.

The grotesque state of affairs is this: every single day 21,000 of our fellow souls on this earth die of starvation, with another 26,000 succumbing to poverty related diseases.

If this isn’t evidence enough that Capitalism doesn’t work, what is?  If that number of people died in acts of terrorism inflicted in Europe or the USA we could rest assured that governments would act.

Poverty is proof that their is a strict hierarchy in the value of human life and black africans are firmly at the bottom and remain totally expendable.

If you accept Capitalism then you accept daily, industrial scale mass murder. Simples.

$50 billion solves African poverty.

The world is soaked in cash. Here it is put into perspective.

Basic education for everyone in the world would cost $6 Billion

Amount spent on cosmetics in the United States $8 Billion.

Water and sanitation for everyone in the world $9 Billion.

Amount spent on ice cream in Europe $11 Billion.

Reproductive health for all women in the world $12 Billion.

Amount spent on perfumes in Europe and the United States $21 Billion.

Basic health and nutrition for everyone in the world $13 Billion.

Pet food sales in Europe and the United States $17 Billion

Business entertainment bill in Japan $35 Billion.

We spend $250 Billion on cigarettes.

Alcoholic drinks $310 Billion.

Amount spent on illegal narcotics drugs in the world $400 Billion.

Military spending in the world £910 Billion. All for the sake of killing one another.

It’s simply a case of priorities. Capitalism places wealth above the value of human life unless you’re in the top 1% of Peter Mandelson’s  filthy rich demographic.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Socialism puts people and their inter relationships above all else. What more will it take?



About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


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