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Should the left build an alternative energy commons?

Discussion in 'FYI' started by Ian Angus, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Ian Angus

    Ian Angus Guest

    This article has been posted on CLIMATE & CAPITALISM, an ecosocialist journal, reflecting the viewpoint of environmental Marxism.

    For Discussion: Patricia Mann says that building networks of renewable energy microproduction could be the basis for a mass anticapitalist movement. What do you think?

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  2. Sandra Lindberg

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    I like that this starts with small, local efforts. If capable organizers then build those into a "mass anticapitalist movement," all the better. These efforts could be joined with other local, neighborhood organizing efforts around food, childcare, shared tools and appliances, even shared cars.

    There will always be analysts that say efforts like these are impossible and won't work. Others will say they will never be enough. Can any of them truly know that? I think it's better to make these attempts than to be like the Flagellants of medieval Europe who attempted to beat back the Black Death by whipping themselves publicly. Sometimes articles describing how hopeless it all is remind me of the Flagellants. They did not prevent 40-60% of Europe's population from perishing. Their dark movement was short-lived, too. Flagellants and the Black Death

    I hope people don't give up. Do what we can, where we can, I say.

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