Data released by the anti-poverty charity Oxfam suggests that the world's wealthiest 80 people are on track to own more than the rest of the world's population (some 3.5 billion) by 2016. That's not a reflection of a glitch in our economic system, says David Harvey, professor at the City University of New York. That's our economic system at work; indeed, that's our economic system in "recovery."
The front cover of Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything, is designed to look like a protest sign. It consists of the title alone in big block letters, with the emphasis on Changes. Both the author’s name and the subtitle are absent. It is only when we look at the spine of the book, turn it over, or open it to the title page that we see it is written by North America’s leading left climate intellectual-activist and that the subtitle is Capitalism vs.
A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.
In the thousands of speeches and celebrations on the official Martin Luther King holiday since its inception, there is a crucial fact of his life, activism and thought that no major commemoration has ever celebrated: that King was a strong and uncompromising opponent of American capitalism. This was no late-in-life development for King. It spanned from his youthful years to his death while attempting to gain humane wages and working conditions for a public union. Why was Martin Luther King so opposed to capitalism?
Saturday, January 31 - Sunday, February 1, 2015 (The SCNCC Convention is the coalition's highest decision-making body and the forum where we assess the past year's work and plan for the coming year. All members are strongly encouraged to attend.)
Every book more than a few years old needs to be seen within the historical context in which it was written—works of social science most of all. Re-reading Paul Burkett’s Marx and Nature today, nearly a decade and a half after its first publication, reminds me of how different in some respects the historical context was then, at the end of the twentieth century, from what we face today, in the second decade of the twenty-first century.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
By Naomi Klein
Simon & Schuster, September 2014, 576 pages, $30 hardcover.
NAOMI KLEIN’S LATEST book is well on its way to becoming a bestseller. Deeply and meticulously researched, well-written and engaging, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate was timed to come out a week before the September 2014 UN Climate Summit and the People’s Climate March in New York City.
Naomi Klein rightly blames capitalism for climate change. But she doesn’t go far enough.
Naomi Klein is a longtime movement and media icon, a gifted synthesizer and popularizer who, over the past two decades, has been a leading chronicler of anti-corporate, anti-globalization, and anti-capitalist social movements (a series of “anti”s that undeniably needs some unpacking).
Our beautiful planet earth is suffering the very beginnings of a vast and multi-layered eco-catastrophy that will, if left unchecked, destroy our civilization and our species. As the most recent and most definitive Synthesis Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has outlined, global climate warming is unequivocal. Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are at their highest level in 800,000 years. The report warns that it is “extremely likely” that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other human generated sources are the domin