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More Than 600 Groups Tell Congress To Build Green Economy

Nancy Pelosi was elected speaker of the House and killed hope for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's watered-down Green New Deal on day one. Yet over six hundred organizations sign a letter saying, “We look forward to working with you...” Where is the movement that says, “Saving the planet is more important than your political career! Change direction now, or we will disrupt your system and throw you out of office in 2020!”? The time for pandering has passed. This letter calls for some good ideas, but it's just a smokescreen for false hopes if we don’t have the guts to remind our “representatives” that they work for us!

More Than 600 Groups Tell Congress To Build Green Economy | PopularResistance.Org
 

David J

Member
The one thing "representatives" can't do in a capitalist "democracy" is call for less economic growth. They only "work for you" to a point, then they serve a greater imperative. To assume there is a legislative solution to the ecological crisis ( one that goes far beyond climate) is to perpetuate a dangerous illusion, IMO. and lend legitimacy to the very forces which threaten us. Yes, "disrupt the system"; by removing your consent and participation altogether. By disrupting the circuits of Capital ( where the real power lies) rather than participating in the charade of elections. By understanding how little your interests are "represented" by parties or politicians.
 
David, I agree that capitalism drives economic growth (and economic crashes) regardless of what elected officials do, and that the ecological crisis cannot be resolved by legislative solutions alone. But we need to put forward an alternative vision for society that includes challenging the great concentrations of capital, rationalizing our relationship with nature on a global scale, and redistributing the means of production in participatory democratic forms. The difficult question is how do we get from here to there? The liberal conception of a GND has just run ashore of the Democratic Party. How do we push these 600 organizations and the millions of people they claim to represent in a more radical direction? At this point, I think we could have the most radical program imaginable, but until the broader movement develops the militancy to break from begging Democrats, it will be stillborn. I believe the best strategy is to talk in terms of a Green New Deal, but make sure the content of our program goes beyond the limits of capitalism.
 

David J

Member
I agree Mathew. As a member of DSA I get frustrated with the willingness to sacrifice principle for popularity and I know I push too hard in places. A frustration born of trying to work with local environmental groups, even 350 Montana, whose leaders seem to understand the depth of the crisis but who don't think their members can accept structural change.
 
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