Archive | December, 2011

Barry Commoner: Ecology and Social Action

Once we recognize that human beings are not bound to single ecological solutions, but can choose among several, liberating and democratic social action can follow.  But if we  elevate ecology from a biological science to a principle of social governance, the political consequences are invariably repressive. A lecture given by Barry Commoner, author of The Closing […]

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We must pull the emergency brake before the 1 per cent drive us off the cliff

The Durban fiasco shows clearly that we need a revolution. We need to summon an unprecedented collective will to take back the public sphere. We have to re-imagine our democracy, our cities, our societies, and our daily lives. ——————– by Derrick O’Keefe, December 16, 2011  Derrick O’Keefe is the co-chair of the Vancouver StopWar […]

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To protect energy profits, Capital gambles with humanity’s future

by Steve Drury People and Nature,  December 14, 2011 After 12 days of wrangling, posturing, wheeling, dealing, cajoling and demonstrating, delegates at the 17th UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa failed to reach agreement by its scheduled close on Friday 9 December. It took a further 36 hours of “negotiations” to cobble together […]

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"I paint what I see," said Rivera

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the birth of the great Mexican muralist and revolutionary socialist, Diego Rivera. In 1933, Diego Rivera painted the mural shown above, Man at the Crossroads, in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Multimillionaire Nelson Rockefeller demanded that it be changed to remove the portraits of Lenin, Trotsky, Marx and Engels. Rivera refused, and […]

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