If cash-starved Flint needed to cut costs and draw water from a river which is still badly polluted, who has impoverished the city? When GM closed nine of its 10 Flint plants, the city lost its prime source of tax revenue. Foreclosures caused by predatory lending have eroded property tax income. Debt to the banks is eating away at the city’s budget. This is all because of the capitalists’ golden rule: profits first!
The poisoning of Flint was due to a convergence of economic and environmental devastation that — like the presence of lead in the water supply — was entirely preventable. It is not the first time a community has been poisoned by capitalist greed and austerity. Only a socialist revolution can make it the last.