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  1. David J

    What's a Strategic Focus for Ecosocialists: Plastics, Housing, or Transportation?

    This article describes a different sort of campaign, one centered on a specific tactic. The group Extinction Rebellion (an offshoot of Rising UP based in UK) is advocating mass civil disobedience and they are focused on pushing other climate groups to embrace this form of direct action...
  2. David J

    IAP: AWM

    I feel your outrage Sandra. There does appear to be an intensely perverse, reactionary form of patriarchy surging in this historical moment. A moment that requires exactly the opposite. I have daughters and grand daughters who will have to negotiate this grim present and grimmer future and who...
  3. David J

    Ecosocialism’s Greatest Challenge: The Color-Line and the Twenty-First Century Ecoleft

    I understand the necessity of building alliances Ted, and appreciate the work you do, but following the stale, format-following climate marches I have participated in here, I rarely "feel good", in fact I usually feel like drinking. We don't have the forces here to provide such "counter-point"...
  4. David J

    Scientific and Revolutionary Reticence in the Age of the Anthropocene

    I believe the actual authority of "science" as a discipline is purposefully being undermined by capital. Just another aspect of the cultural wars and a big shift from the sixties, when I was growing up and scientists were viewed as gods that won WWII, that sent people into space, that engineered...
  5. David J


    It is a deeply embedded liberal conceit that the State is a neutral actor, with some inclination to promote social justice. It is a capitalist state with clearly defined goals. Liberal capitalist "democracy" is the illusion that must be dispelled.
  6. David J

    Geoengineering and Coral Farming are now being tested to save World’s Coral

    At the same time, Australia ramps up coal production and abandons climate goals. So much for rational systems theory. Capital will move to fish farming, with all the ecological consequences that entails and poor people will starve. Meanwhile, The People's Climate March (Sept. 9) will make...
  7. David J

    Less Voting, More Revolution

    I am in total agreement and would add, here on "...Not Climate Change", that you also can't vote your way to eco-sanity. No Party platform or DSA candidate rhetoric comes close to a rational solution to global warming. I would add to this argument that voting and all other reform measures are...
  8. David J

    PNAS: Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

    For some time I had confidence that a mass act of non-violent civil disobedience ( perhaps 10,000 risking arrest at once) could jump-start the moribund "climate movement". That confidence is waning, given the new reality. Still, as a member of the newly formed DSA Ecosocialist Working Group, I...
  9. David J

    Naomi Klein bares the limitations of her liberal environmentalism, by Roger Annis

    I agree with Ted. We all know Klein came up short in her book but let's give credit to the radical opening it presented and the other admirable work she (and husband Avi Lewis) have done. For example, Klein's piece was just forwarded to our local 350 leadership group by the chair, a liberal for...
  10. David J

    Featured Can the just transition movement survive its mainstream adoption?

    Almost as problematic, perhaps, is the tendency for socialists to place climate change last on their list of issues. Almost as an after thought. I believe this stems from the fact that it is no easy matter coming up with "policy" solutions within the current power structure, which many seem...
  11. David J

    The World's Most Radical Scientist and Other Topics

    Thanks Ted, for bringing the discussion into the "public domain". Although I am officially a member of "the list", I have refrained from joining this thread because I believe our SCNCC forum to be a much better vehicle for these types of discussions. After all the work that went into creating...
  12. David J

    Featured Can the just transition movement survive its mainstream adoption?

    I find the term disingenous; it promises something that cannot be delivered. It should be clear by now that the dream of "capitalism with a human face" is just that, an untenable fantasy. The "social justice" movement has always disavowed this reality in the name of "coalition building" and look...
  13. David J

    China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

    The question I would ask Greenpeace, and everyone, is: What would "panic" even look like? Could it be that the current state of mass disavowal /dissociation is in fact a sub-conscious expression of panic and there is no number (450 ppm) or hockey stick chart that will cause a sudden, immediate...
  14. David J

    Emergency Sustainable Infrastructure

    On the technical side, Derian, I live in the high plains where most agriculture is centered around (hay and pasture) beef production. A few root crops and grains can be grown at scale (still chancy) and vegetables have a short growing season. How would we "diversify trade and produce community...
  15. David J

    Can Divestment from Fossil Fuels Stop the Climate Crisis and Save the World?

    As far as de-funding fossil giants, finance is hardly a "soft" underbelly. As far as how to invest the energy of activists strategically, here in Montana students have tried unsuccessfully since 2012 to get UM regents to divest. NYCity is very "low-hanging fruit" compared to the high plains. The...
  16. David J

    Zapatistas and Scientists Imagine a New System

    In the same way it is a chance for indigenous communities to redesign their relationship to science. Just as the revolution was the synthesis of Marxism, feminism and an indigenous cosmovision. Definitely the way forward. Two of my female comrades ( we call our collective Zootown Zapatistas) are...
  17. David J

    Is "Anthropocene" Being Appropriated for Problematic Purposes?

    I think it is a well intentioned intervention asking lots of important questions. At a time when we are on such shifting sand, wearing tinted glasses, while trying to identify moving targets he is right to suggest "we shouldn't rush.." It is interesting that he doesn't engage with the concept of...
  18. David J

    Too Little, Too Late: Climate Crisis and the OFF Act Bill of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabber

    Thanks Sandra. I fully realize that on the abstract level a slogan like Want What You Desire is easy to proclaim,while nuts and bolts organizing requires nuance. I am now trying to work with Democratic Socialists of America with all the theoretical variation that entails. As with ecosocialists...
  19. David J

    Geoengineering and capitalism

    I imagine the real estate developers in Miami are breathing a huge sigh of relief. In the film version I see Bruce Willis as the entrepreneur/ engineer arriving just in the nick of time to save the planet (and donating some of his profit to Oxfam).
  20. David J

    Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

    Thanks for the reply Rahul, few would argue with the IE principle in the abstract but to "implement it in practice...within the current framework" seems much more problematic. For instance, each time I start my car I am affecting future generations yet I have no method to account for it...