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 …

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 …

Green New Deal — An Ecosocialist Study Guide

Prepared by Ted Franklin and Richard Smith of System Change Not Climate Change Sunrise Movement “Dear Democrats – Step Up or Step Aside” Photo: Sunrise Movement Ted Franklin | System Change Not Climate Change | January 30, 2019 I prepared this study guide for the Ecosocialist Reading Group of East Bay Democratic Socialists of America.  These are some of the key readings for anyone …

Creating an Ecological Society: Under capitalism, people are at the service of the economy, as workers and consumers of goods and services. In contrast, the economy of an ecological society will be at the service of humanity and its needs

How does capitalism impede the development of an ecological society?  By its very nature capitalism operates in ways that harm people and the broader environment. The purpose of capitalism is to produce something (a good or a service) using hired labor, raw materials and machinery and sell it for more than the production cost. The motivating and driving force of the …

We need an ecological revolution with a broad social base. Why a Green New Deal is just an entry point to an ecological revolution, and why any economic-social system that hopes to address the climate crisis must transcend capitalism

Our only way out of this epochal crisis is the immediate reduction in carbon emissions, which means keeping fossil fuels in the ground. That requires a direct confrontation with fossil capital. There is no other way.  Our ace in the hole is that we can cut back on the enormous waste from inequality in our society. Why do people feel …

Evolving Toward Cooperation

To clarify theory and worldview in Wilson’s words:   “The difference is that a theory can only tell us what is, while a worldview can tell us how to act.” Evolving Toward Cooperation: David Sloan Wilson’s New Evolutionary Biology, By Kurt Johnson, P2P Foundation and re-posted from Kosmos Journal, February 12, 2019  Shortly after the publication of The Coming Interspiritual Age in 2013, I was contacted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson, founder …

Day care for all

CreditCredit Illustration by Tyler Comrie; Photographs by Chloe Gudy/EyeEm, and Jamie Grill, via Getty Images Day Care for All The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea. By Katha Pollitt Feb. 9, 2019 When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage. He drew huge crowds, but many …

How does sharing look in your life, community and network? What sharing projects are you involved in? New Shareable series profiles

This Shareable series highlights people around the world who are “supersharers.” These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens — basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other.   Juan Manuel Aranovich based in Buenos Aires, Argentina  What sharing projects are you involved in? I …

Subsidiarity and Communes: a Great Social Achievement

This article is modified from a webinar presentation given on October 31, 2017 for the afgj.org  –Alliance for Global Justice — monthly Venezuela webinar series NOVEMBER 24, 2017 Venezuela’s Communes: a Great Social Achievement, by KATRINA KOZAREK Over the years we have all heard a great deal about the great social achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution, the government subsidized health program Barrio Adentro, …

The New Deal and the Popular Front: Models for contemporary socialists?

In response to unrest among the unemployed, Roosevelt launched the Civilian Conservation Corps in the spring of 1933, followed by the Civilian Works Administration in the fall of 1933, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in the summer of 1934, and the Works Projects Administration in 1935. While putting some five to seven million unemployed to work temporarily between 1933 and …