Democratic Eco-Socialism in Australia

Set against the impending ecocide, is the concept of democratic eco-socialism which proses – next to Karl Marx’s primary contradiction of labour vs. capital – a second contradiction to be solved: endless accumulation based on environmental degradation vs. a sustainable future. On this, one might outline four ingredients for democratic eco-socialism. These are: 1) an economy oriented towards meeting basic social and economical needs for everyone (food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, dignified work, etc.); 2) democratic eco-socialism should be based on a high degree of social and economic equality; 3) it should be based on public ownership of the means of production. One might suggest public ownership which does not necessarily mean state socialism but can very well mean anarchism’s community and collectives; 4) environmental sustainability and a safe climate remain imperatives for democratic eco-socialism.

Source: Democratic Eco-Socialism in Australia – CounterPunch.org

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