Archive | January, 2011

Vandana Shiva: Soil Not Oil

[Quotes & Insights #16] (I’ve been reading Soil Not Oil by the always thoughtful and inspiring Vandana Shiva. Here are five passages I copied down while reading. -IA) (p. 4) The dominant model of development and globalization is inherently violent. By bringing back dignified work based on land, and livelihoods. By bringing back dignified work […]

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Capitalism and Degrowth—An Impossibility Theorem

John Bellamy Foster on the movement to halt capitalist growth, without halting capitalism… According to the Web site of the European degrowth project, “degrowth carries the idea of a voluntary reduction of the size of the economic system which implies a reduction of the GDP.” “Voluntary” here points to the emphasis on voluntaristic solutions—though not […]

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Barry Commoner: Pollution and production

[Quotes & Insights #15] From the Introduction to the 1992 edition of Making Peace With the Planet, by Barry Commoner “The assault on environmental quality results from the use of systems of production that yield useful goods but also generate pollutants. “The engines that power modern cars and trucks also produce pollutants that turn into […]

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Ecological Civilization

Building an ecological civilization that is socially just will not automatically happen in post-capitalist societies. It will occur only through the concerted action and constant vigilance of an engaged population. (more…)

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Beyond growth or beyond capitalism?

An ecosocialist critique of proposals for steady-state capitalism begins a debate on key issues facing the left greens today   There’s widespread agreement among left-leaning greens that this society’s drive for economic growth is a key driving force of the global environmental crisis. Many, most notably environmental economist Herman Daly, have made proposals for a […]

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