By B.N. Frank
Activist Post has reported before about how digital, electronic, and wireless technology has created an already huge and increasing environmental E-Waste problem due to short life-spans and planned obsolesce. Unfortunately, some self-proclaimed environmentalists continue to turn a blind eye to this (see 1, 2, 3) and still promote problematic technology as “green” despite E-Waste and other ways it is harmful biologically and environmentally (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
A recent article from Time Magazine confirms the seriousness of E-Waste worldwide and emphasizes how 5G will make this MUCH WORSE:
“That stream (of E-Waste) is expected to turn into a torrent as the world upgrades to 5G, the next big step in wireless technology.”
“…50 million tons of e-waste generated globally last year–a number that stands to skyrocket as consumers replace their old devices with the newest 5G-ready gadgets money can buy.”
“But less than a quarter of all U.S. electronic waste is recycled….The rest is incinerated or ends up in landfills. That’s bad news, as e-waste can contain harmful materials like mercury and beryllium that pose environmental risks.”
“…technology companies are speeding the pace of obsolescence….”
“Our products today don’t last as long as they used to, and it’s a strategy by manufacturers to force us into shorter and shorter upgrade cycles…”
Activist Post has reported on the many ways that 5G is awful as well as its increasing worldwide opposition.
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Much of the world was introduced to Yanis Varoufakis in early 2015, when, as Greece’s bold new finance minister (he rode a Yamaha to work and tabloids touted his sex appeal), he led negotiations with the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund to restructure the country’s crushing load of government debt. To many, he was a leftist hero standing up to the heartless eurocrats in Brussels. But then the eurocrats won. After failing to reach an agreement — Varoufakis viewed the terms of the austerity measures as overly punitive and counterproductive — he resigned in a July 2015 blog post in which he vowed to “wear the creditors’ loathing with pride” and quit the governing Syriza Party.
Varoufakis, 57, has since become a vocal critic of politics in the European Union and a torch bearer for progressive ideas across the continent.
This March he launched a new party in Greece — where the conservative media continue attacking him as a narcissist and relentless self-promoter — MeRA 25, which aims to restructure Greece’s debt yet again and reverse some austerity measures. The country, he says, is turning into a desert of human capital, as the young emigrate to flee an E.U.-imposed “debt bondage.”
The U.S. edition of Varoufakis’s book, Speaking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Works — and How it Fails, was just released. It sets out to demystify some of the major economic issues of our time for readers of all kinds, including 14-year-olds.
I spoke to Varoufakis over the phone last week. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.
So, in what ways does capitalism work and in what ways has it failed?
Capitalism has liberated us. It has generated incredible new technologies and wealth — I love the idea of a robot doing all the chores. But at the very same time, out of the same kind of proverbial production line, it has generated the most spectacular horror and depravity. It’s remarkably contradictory.
Speaking of robots: Your daughter is 14. What sort of jobs do you think will be available for her generation?
My greatest worry about my daughter is that increasingly her generation is being divided into two lumps,
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