Against huge odds and with minimal resources, farmers and peasant agrarian communities around the globe are proving we can nourish people and the planet with agroecological farming.
Source: Opinion | Climate Talks Must Include BROAD Ecological Agriculture Solutions | Helmy Abouleish
The implications are revolutionary, so why not consider real options: cf. The Last Revolution and its DNMC…
Capitalism as an economic system requires constant growth, constant profit, and endless extraction in order to achieve profit
Source: Opinion | It’s Time to Call It What It Is—A Capitalism-Induced Ecological Crisis | Erin McCarley
The sphere of global powers is a disgusting spectacle of human failure at a critical stage. There is no power that can lead humanity at a critical juncture and the status of China is rivalled by Russia as pathological cases. The US escapes only by comparison as a failing rogue state.
How on earth is humanity going to survive with such disgusting leaders, the figure of the gangster psychopath Putin perhaps first prize for a remarkable blend of psychopathy, low intelligence, all around hopeless idiocy and sadistic genocide.
The United States is nosediving and the whole idea of the status of globalization is almost a sick joke.
China, Russia, and the US are all guilty of crimes against humanity…
Is is EASY to suggest a better way, but of course the monomaniacs currently in power are beyond redemption.
The Last Revolution outlines a sane, practical path to our model(s) of ‘democratic market neo-communism’: a means to resolve the question of capitalism and its planetary destruction, to resolve the issue of democracy as a postcapitalism based on a Commons. A new kind of economy with both markets and planning, all in a mix that is easily adapted from a liberal economy, totally different from Marxism/Bolshevism. This is a system that could triumph via popularity, achieve ecological sanity, and make economic madness a thing of the past. It could also serve as a disaster vehicle for the coming calamity of ecological collapse, degrowth, and postcapitalist ad terminus. It could replace imperialism with a new International and genuinely effective construct of a global Commons.
The idea of Pentagon morons, with the equivalents in China and Russia, computing their global domination rackets at this late date is almost unnerving. These politicians cannot grasp their nullity.
Source: The End of Laissez-Faire: Russia’s Attempt at Reshaping the World Economy – CounterPunch.org
Last year, world leaders got together at COP26 to discuss how to fight climate change, within capitalism of course. Speaking of which, only 23 miles away from Glasgow – in Grangemouth – lies INEOS’s refinery and petrochemical complex, owned by self-made businessman Jim Ratcliffe. One of the richest men in the UK with a net worth of $15 billion, the self-styled “alchemist” does not shy away from controversy.
Source: Noxious Deindustrialisation: Connecting Precarity and the Ecological Crisis | Portside
I came across a reference to this book at marxmail in a post on a seminar of Engels’ Anti-Duhring (which we will discuss anon).
I would be more than happy/willing to read this book but going to Amazon I see that the hardback costs $125 and the Kindle $40. Beyond belief. How can leftists allow themselves to be caught in this racket, if that is what it is.
Needless to say, this is a book that I will never read, save perhaps snippets at Google Books, maybe.
I cannot fathom what exactly is happening here, nor whether my impression is correct that these inflated prices seemed designed to torpedo books on the left although that could be paranoia on my part (these publishers might suspect poor sales of leftist books, and inflate prices to make money selling to libraries).
The whole racket is useless and such prices a real challenge to the left to find a way to communicate, a task not possible in the current publishing world, it seems.
I have produced five books on issues of socialism, communism and history, and all in free versions on the internet, most also with Kindle and paperbacks, discounted. Obviously they don’t sell but they do get readers of the free versions with slow but steady downloads day after day in numbers that add up in a year to the thousands. With no ad budget and the heavy cancel culture of Marxist stalinists, that’s actually success. Face reality: books on the left are a capitalist enterprise, if published by Verso. Selfpublished books lack the snob appeal of academic or ‘published’ credentialization which means they can’t be reviewed, discussed or acknowledged to exist. In twenty years of writing on the left I have been banned from Marxmail, deprived of any ‘comrades’ on the left who immediately cross the street (fortunately), and never had a discussion with a Marxist, who will terminate discussion at once. These people think they will produce socialism, but I fear at best a dictatorship of the Marxist bourgeoisie. However, someone gets the last laugh. I doubt if the older left(s) of the Marxist type can make a difference any more, exempting the many activist placard groups in climate, ecological and faux-socialism. More power to them, but they lack the thrust of a really viable left, which should be revolutionary/reformist but not reformist/revolutionary. However they may have to carry the day.
In any case, writers on the left need to consider the pocket change issues of the working class they claim to represent and not sell books for such ridiculous prices.
The world of self-publishing is creating its own revolution: once reviled by the peer review squads of science and academe they are slowly undermining the standard book publishing world and creating a situation on the left where the only book that can matter is one you can get for free. This almost happened with Google books, but the author world rose in revolt. But the day is coming when the books will be mostly free, or at lest with free versions, and this should have happened yesterday on the left.
Chris OtterDIET FOR A LARGE PLANETIndustrial Britain, Food Systems, and World EcologyUniversity of Chicago Press, 2020
Source: Imperial roots of the global food system | Climate & Capitalism
Humanity’s transgression of ecological limits has caused widespread damage, including a climate emergency, catastrophic loss of biodiversity, and extensive degradation of soils around the world. Earth abuse is also at the root of the Covid-19 pandemic and the grim likelihood that new pathogens will continue to emerge from other animal species to infect humans.
Source: Earth Abuse and the Next Pandemic – CounterPunch.org