Ecosocialism

Don Fitz, Climate and Capitalism, July 4, 2014

The controversy over extractivism in Latin America has become a lot hotter.  Though social justice and environmental activists have sought a partnership for years, this could become a wedge issue.  The debate is core to our conceptualization of what type of society we are working to build and how we plan to get there.

Brad Hornick, rabble.ca, July 3, 2014

Sam Gindin's recent contributions to the The Bullet  and Jacobin explore the lost potential of the working class in revolutionary politics. On the economic and ecological fronts, he argues, working-class politics has been incapable of catalyzing widespread and consequential societal mobilization, or becoming vital sites of theoretical and practical struggle.

Ian Angus, Climate & Capitalism, July 2, 2014

Long before today’s scientists accepted the idea, socialist-ecologist Barry Commoner argued that there had been a qualitative change in humanity’s relationship with nature in the years following World War II. Going a step further he explained why it happened and what it means for our future.

“We know that something went wrong in the country after World War II, for most of our serious pollution problems either began in the postwar years or have greatly worsened since then.” - Barry Commoner, 1971 [1]

Amien Essif, Working In These Times, June 24, 2014

Jess Spear was at socialist candidate Kshama Sawant’s elbow when Sawant announced her plans to oust incumbent Seattle city councilman Richard Conlin in 2013. And, as volunteer coordinator for the campaign, she was there again when Sawant gave her victory speech eight months later, becoming the first socialist elected in a major US city in decades. But on May 21 of this year, the roles were reversed.

Brad Hornick, rabble.ca, August 18, 2014

A very large and loud event is about to reshape New York City once again this September – and likely propel social change across the continent. A coalition of organizations under the banner of the "People's Climate March", has pledged to make this event in New York City an opportunity for an unprecedented climate mobilization.

Evo Morales, Life on the Left Blogspot, June 20, 2014

Fifty years ago, great leaders raised the flags of the anticolonial struggle and decided to join with their peoples in a march along the path of sovereignty and independence.

The world superpowers and transnationals were competing for control of territories and natural resources in order to continue expanding at the cost of impoverishing the peoples of the South.

Brad Hornick, rabble.ca, June 19, 2014

But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence… illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness. Feuerbach, Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity

SCNCC with the Global Climate Convergence, June 19, 2014

Before corporate and governmental leaders arrive in New York City this September for the UN Climate Summit, System Change Not Climate Change together with the Global Climate Convergence will be laying the groundwork for an alternative summit, what we're calling New York City Climate Convergence.

Alan Thornett, Socialist Resistance, June 11, 2014

Alan Thornett’s speech at the Ecosocialism conference on June 7:

I will also try to make an optimistic contribution like Natalie Bennett (who had just spoken) but that is not easy on this subject.

I have to start with some apologies. I woke up this morning to find that my voice was not working properly, and it is still not. I hope it improves because a croaking voice is not very pleasant.

Alyssa Rohricht, Black Cat Revolution, June 17, 2014

Capitalism dominates the globe. It has become so enmeshed into the cultural narrative that it seems almost axiomatic. Private owners (of capital) control the means of production. The goal: build profits. The best part about it is that if everyone pursues self-interest, the market will grow and society will benefit. The invisible hand helps the market to self-regulate, creating socially desirable results.

Simple? 

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