Varoufakis: Besides having captured the basic drama of capitalist dynamics, Marx has given me the tools with which to become immune to the toxic propaganda of neoliberalism

Wealth is collectively produced and then privately appropriated through social relations of production and property rights that rely, for their reproduction, almost exclusively on false consciousness. Yanis Varoufakis excerpt on Marx https://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/18/yanis-varoufakis-how-i-became-an-erratic-marxist …What caught my eye was Marx’s mesmerising gift for writing a dramatic script for human history, indeed for human damnation, that was also laced with the possibility of …

National Parks Should Be Controlled By Indigenous Tribes

April 15, 2021 by SAM YELLOWHORSE KESLERT ISTEN· 4:394-Minute ListenAdd toPLAYLIST Download, Embed, Transcript The National Parks Service has often been called “America’s Best Idea.” But David Treuer argues that, because that came at the cost of Native American homeland, they deserve to take control. AILSA CHANG, HOST: The National Parks System has often been called America’s best idea, but that …

Jamundi, Colombia: Trade union leads defense of water as a human right

Jamundi, Colombia: Trade union leads defense of water as a human right, Transformative Cities,  February 25, 2019 In the municipality of Jamundí, Colombia, local politicians were pushing to privatize the water service provided by public utility ACUAVALLE by waging a media campaign to discredit it. If successful, this would have seriously affected access to water for local people, 94% of whom are …

What is liberty or human freedom?

Two notions of liberty revisited – or how to disentangle Liberty and Slavery, by David Graeber 19 May 2013 https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/openeconomy/two-notions-of-liberty-revisited-or-how-to-disentangle-liberty-and-slavery/ The modern liberal concept of liberty has roots in Roman law and the Roman understanding of the master and the slave. We need to unpick that heritage to imagine a better basis for our political aspirations. Our idea of human …

Human History Gets a Rewrite

A brilliant new account upends bedrock assumptions about 30,000 years of change. By William Deresiewicz, October 18, 2021, The Atlantic Many years ago, when I was a junior professor at Yale, I cold-called a colleague in the anthropology department for assistance with a project I was working on. I didn’t know anything about the guy; I just selected him because he …

The fossil fuel industry wants you to believe it’s good for people of color

BY SAMMY ROTH, LA Times, NOV. 23, 2020 The letter to Mexico’s energy minister offered a glowing review of a fossil fuel project in Baja California. Writing in July, three U.S. governors and the chair of the Ute Indian Tribe praised the Energía Costa Azul project — which was seeking approval from the Mexican government — as “one of the most promising [liquefied …

Development of a grid-forming inverter to help maintain stable electricity flow

This grid technology could make or break Biden’s solar plans Experts say President Biden’s ambitious solar goals will hinge on development of a grid-forming inverter to help maintain stable electricity flow. (E&E News) By Peter Behr | 09/16/2021 06:17 AM EST President Biden’s blueprint for 40 percent solar power may depend partly on development of inverter technology for the electric grid that …

New Report Shows Solar Energy Rapidly Expands, Generating More Electricity in 2035 than All Homes Consume Today and Creating Economic Opportunities Across America

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the Solar Futures Study detailing the significant role solar will play in decarbonizing the nation’s power grid. The study shows that by 2035, solar energy has the potential to power 40% of the nation’s electricity, drive deep decarbonization of the grid, and employ as many as 1.5 million people—without raising electricity prices. The …

Indigenous Land: ‘to our people, it was everything — identity, the connection to our ancestors, the home of our nonhuman kinfolk, our pharmacy, our library, the source of all that sustained us. Our lands were where our responsibility to the world was enacted, sacred ground. It belonged to itself; it was a gift, not a commodity’

In the settler mind, land was property, real estate, capital, or natural resources. But to our people, it was everything: identity, the connection to our ancestors, the home of our nonhuman kinfolk, our pharmacy, our library, the source of all that sustained us. Our lands were where our responsibility to the world was enacted, sacred ground. It belonged to itself; …

Drought in the West

The West is baking, burning and drying out. These numbers explain why and how. “It is a story of cascading impacts,” climate scientist John Abatzoglou said, as the West weathers “an epically dry year followed by incredible heat the last two months and now we have fires.” By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press, Colorado Sun, Jul 15, 2021 The American West …