It is about the abuse of power, and standing up to power: Facebook has been used to undermine elections all across the world, including our own

Cambridge Analytica a year on: ‘a lesson in institutional failure’: One year after she broke the scandal, Carole Cadwalladr talks to whistleblower Christopher Wylie about the fallout for big tech, and the fight to hold the culprits to account.  In March 2018, Wylie showed the Guardian/Observer a cache of documents revealing how CA had engaged a research company to mine the data of …

The difference between the top and the bottom of the income distribution now lies about where it did in the Gilded Age and the roaring 1920s, up until the Great Depression

The difference between the top and the bottom of the income distribution now lies about where it did in the Gilded Age and the roaring 1920s, up until the Great Depression. Unlike these earlier periods, however, this rise in economic inequality has not been driven by returns on capital assets. This time, one of the most important contributors to the rise has …

Calling for a broad anti-capitalist environmental movement based around the following points of unity

Working together is our greatest strength, but we fear that the government will be less willing to negotiate in good faith and more willing to use violent repression against a truly disruptive campaign than is assumed. Capitalism systematically incentivizes environmental destruction, and we worry that the costs of any government initiative to combat climate change will fall on the poor …

Capitalism rewards extractive activities, but has a great structural difficulty in financing generative impacts

Michel Bauwens: I very strongly believe this is one of the key solutions for climate change mitigation, and more generally, about creating ‘circular finance’ mechanisms, i.e. rewarding generative, rather than extractive activity. Capitalism rewards extractive activities, but has a great structural difficulty in financing generative impacts. One of the potential solutions are ‘circular finance’ mechanisms, in which positive and generative …

Guiding Principles for An Ecosocialist Green New Deal

Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialist Working Group February 25, 2019 Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. …

John Bellamy Foster on the ‘Green New Deal’: AOC’s resolution must be part of an ecological revolution with a broad social base.

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2019/02/12/john-bellamy-foster-on-the-green-new-deal/ US Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez introduces Greem New Deal resolution, Feb. 8, 2019 To bring about meaningful change, the resolution proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must be part of an ecological revolution with a broad social base. by Vaios Triantafyllou,  Truthout, February 9, 2019 A professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, John Bellamy Foster is also the editor of the socialist …

How militarization impedes the Green New Deal

By Cameron Orr, People’s World. February 17, 2019 | EDUCATE! Fighting for a Green New Deal in the United States will require uniting all popular forces against the main barriers to social and ecological progress. The Sunrise Movement, which has brought the Green New Deal to the forefront of conversations about the environment, has identified fossil fuel interests as a main barrier to a green …

Socio-politico-economic genesis of climate breakdown is Late Capitalism, defined by Ernest Mandel as “Increasing commodification and industrialization of more, and more, sectors of human life” as the social fabric splits apart, delineating “haves” versus “have-nots.”

“We’ve had 28 years of abject failure on climate change. It’s not that we haven’t brought emissions down. It’s just that we’ve watched them go up. In fact, since 2000, the rate at which they’ve gone up is even faster than the 1990s, as Dr. Kevin Anderson recently said.  For starters: (1) The top 10% carbon polluters in the world …

Americans think they live in a democracy but our workplaces can be small tyrannies.

How bosses are (literally) like dictators, by Elizabeth Anderson, vox.com Some Amazon warehouse workers have complained about being pushed beyond their abilities by their bosses. Boston Globe / Getty Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Consider some facts about how American employers control their workers. Amazon prohibits employees from exchanging casual remarks while …

Enslaved People Provided the Capital that Made Capitalism: Over 40 million people still live in conditions of slavery in 2018

2nd article below is on the history. First, from Quartz, July 2019: Today in California, all companies with revenues above $100 million are required to disclose their efforts to fight slavery through checking their supply chains Slavery has been illegal worldwide for just about four decades, since Mauritania finally abolished it in 1981. But slavery didn’t end there. According to the latest report by …