...And if there's one thing that Capitalism is good at it is in making people desperate. Whether because an overload of commodities like grain would better serve Capitalist interests by being left to rot in huge piles in many places, or by keeping other critically needed commodities scarce so that the price will stay in profiter heaven, doesn't really matter. What does matter is the heavy price in collateral damage that must be paid by the rest of us, most of which is not expressed at all by the number with a dollar sign in front of it. No, most of that is expressed by the extreme measures so many families are forced to take to keep going in the face of this atrocity of human interaction.
If everything we do has to first have a number with a dollar sign in front of it, where that number must be dealt with before any other action can be taken, then we have reached a point of inhuman impasse for which we all must take great shame in. An impasse that happens time and again for a kind of immorality that ought to shake us to our core. That it does not is at least some testimony to the fact that "desperation" has become so pervasive that we just don't register it any more. Thus greasing the slides for the ultimate of "skid rows" for an entire species; a species that used to at least pretend to be intelligent, and thoughtful.
Desperate Families Driven to Black Market Insulin