Mar 18 2013

COMMUNIST RELATIONS TODAY, CAPITALIST RELATIONS TOMORROW

Category: Capitalism and Communism,What is communism?RCN @ 10:46 am

The  article below is written by RCN member, Iain Robertson. Iain is a mountaineer and rock climber. This article represents a continuation of the work the RCN has been posting, not only  on what communism could look like in the future, but on how many elements of such cooperative practice  already exist  today. However, under  capitalist domination such beneficial social activity is constantly being undermined.

 

Sea and Mountain Rescue Services

Sea and Mountain Rescue Services

This article takes a look behind one of the many privatisations going on and argues that, even in the UK, capitalism is not total or absolute and does not go uncontested.

It could be off the Cornish coast, the flooded valleys of Cumbria, 3000 feet up on the Tower Ridge of Ben Nevis, or any other part of Britain and its coastline where life is at risk from accident, heart attack or natural disaster and a military SAR (Search And Rescue) helicopter is required. Today, a cooperative, integrated set of social relationships, designed to serve a social need and profiting no one, will come into play to save life.

The network involves the police (publicly funded), as first point of contact coast guard (publicly funded), R.N.L.I. (a volunteer lifeboat service), the Cave Rescue teams and the Mountain Rescue teams around Britain (volunteer services) the Ambulance service (publicly funded) and finally, where required, the military SAR helicopters (publicly funded) stationed at 8 locations around the coasts of Scotland, England and Wales.

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