Australia has had a series of bad governments beholden to the coal industry and to the Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine. The media empire of Murdoch controls about 60 percent of the newspapers and television stations. The Murdoch message, just like the message of Fox TV in America, is in defense of the oligarchs and against environmental protection of any kind. This propaganda is in accord with the continued use of fossil fuels and the ceaseless destruction of the natural world. More Continue reading “Australia on the Chasm of Climate Catastrophe “
Here we are, a full three decades after NASA scientist James Hansen raised the specter of a looming climate crisis with Congress, looking at the first generation of severely impacted youth and telling them they’re right: We have completely squandered their future. For too long, our dominant culture has practiced unsustainable growth and consumption, ushering in the end of a habitable planet and with it civilization as we know it.
We have a little more than a decade until global climate catastrophe irreversibly accelerates, according to a recent UN IPCC report. How are sixty thousand people, drawn disproportionately from the downwardly mobile children of the middle class, going to defeat both fascism and the left wing of neoliberalism in a country of 327 million sitting atop a crumbling global empire? Yet there we were, wearing lanyards. Voting on resolutions. Mingling at parties.
The passage to postcapitalism needs to be risked, if possible via a revolutionary transformation. Everything in the deluded and impotent stances of the deluded capitalist world points to the terminal character of a blessing turned into a curse, to say nothing of the delusive ideological absurdity of capitalist fundamentalists.
Postcapitalism in the age of climate catastrophe February 27th, 2018
R48G: the hold of capitalist hypnosis and the failure of a science of either history or economics
May 1st, 2017
The absurdity of the current ideological fix on all publics with respect to the virtues of capitalism is beginning to crumble but the question of moving beyond capitalism has yet to gel as an actual social project of projects, notwithstanding the apparent commitment of the older left to just this. Continue reading “The hold of capitalist hypnosis”