Nishnaabeg scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson explains why “green growth” isn’t enough to save the planet. by Malcolm Harris
The most common introductory example we use when we teach kids about interdependent ecosystems is insects. They may seem gross and small compared to the charismatic megafauna, we say, but insects play all sorts of important roles: pollinating plants, breaking down organic matter, feeding bigger animals. Without insects the whole web would collapse. I don’t think many of us who have given this lesson actually contemplated the mass death of the world’s insects as a possibility, imminent or otherwise. We should have. Continue reading “Indigenous Knowledge Has Been Warning Us About Climate Change for Centuries”→
Social democracy is dead and has been dead for years. It died back with when the state could dictate and manage its own contained economy. The evolution of the state has no control of the economy, it is in an impossible foreign debt situation, and can take away anything a social-democracy ever established (to maintain social order), on the excuse it is trying to avoid bankruptcy. The evolution of the state has it borrowing from the future (of endless economic development) to keep the wealthy happier today, and the poor more desperate as time passes. It is borrowing from a future that does not exist, from an earth and an ecosystem that has been depleted and is dying. Social democracy was a temporary solution to prevent “state capitalism” (only true anti-communists would call that communism) from expanding to more countries. Continue reading “On the illusion of social democracy”→
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So to avoid beating around the bush, the question is: “Ok, we have reached the status of a classless society, but not too many can survive in the planet as it has been desertified. At least in the surface of water and land there are no adequate organic living organisms to sustain human life. Does class matter?”
The angry mob response from Marxists, “it is up to that working class to solve the problem then, the problem now is that we live in a class dominated society, and this is a priority for us and not the environment” just doesn’t cut it anymore. It is pure and simple logic that if we massively die worldwide of famine and disease, class liberation will not matter to anyone because there is nobody left. Continue reading “Class, power, and the environment”→