This is an op-ed by John Steppling from Dec. 21, 2019 at off-guardian.org for your consideration. We’d been discussing both capitalism and climate change recently, and although this all seems so utterly beside the point now given the ever-increasing US threats to increased war on Iran (now even nuclear war). But I’d said I’d post it, so I am; I’ll offer a couple things at the end. As John’s kindly given me permission to republish all that he writes, I’ll post it all.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.”
Lenin – Letters from Afar
First, from the Extinction Rebellion newsletter’s ‘Drones Are Changing Asymmetrical Warfare’, September 18, 2019, Max Wilbert, deep green resistance news service
The following scheme is deranged, dangerous, and as disgusting as any thing I’ve heard promoted in a long time. In fact, after having worked on this for a couple days, before bed last night I’d tossed my cookies when the images flashed in my mind like a neon light again. It’s also insanely cavalier given how much of the world depends on oil for heating, cooling, and cooking through no fault of their own, and how many economies are based on oil. Whose refineries does Wilbert imagine drone bombing next?
‘Wildfires rage throughout the Amazon rainforest’, Bryan Dyne, 23 August 2019
“Satellite imagery reveals that at least a quarter of the Amazon rainforest is on fire or covered in soot and ash across the four Brazilian Amazonian states: Amazonas, Rondônia, Mato Grosso and Pará.
‘Selling Extinction is a short introduction to the capitalist notion of a “Green New Deal”, the NGOs that support it and the recent Extinction Rebellion protests in London.’
Featuring the following essay works well for me, as the triple themes I hold near and dear to my heart are represented: the coup against Nicolás Maduro (and past ones against Hugo Chavez), media bias, and ecosocialism. Rather than bring some of the ghastly news in the next-generation attempts to overthrow his regime, I’ll focus on this and bring the rest another day. And happy π day to all.
‘The Path to Climate Justice Passes Through Caracas’, March 9, 2019, counterpunch.org, David Schwartzman & Quincy Saul
In their Fighting the Media War section, the authors quote Karl Marx calling it “the war of calumny undertaken by the lying power of the civilised world,” and extras, describing the media war against the International Workingmen’s Association, which later became known as The First International.
…is the title of a recent essay of John Steppling’s, and I contacted him at his website (http://john-steppling.com/) to ask if given its length and breadth if I might use more of it than is strictly Fair Use as neither the Café nor c99% are for profit. He wrote back and kindly said, “Use what you want from any of my writings”. So I’ll most all of his Feb. 25 essay at DissidentVoice, although there’s a version at Counterpunch as well.
There seem to have been quite a number of past iterations of Ocasio-Cortez & Co.’s #GreenNewDeal, as she now indicates, and offers her ‘Submitted’ One (text version is here). This is Senator Markey’s Resolution (pdf) with ten cosponsors.
But here’s the main thing: the GND doesn’t confront the fossil fuel industry, but enables it instead. Ecosocialists first came on my radar while covering the Rio 2012 sustainability conference. Indigenous groups from Mexico, Central and South America had caravanned to the global elite conference, but weren’t allowed inside, so they held their own remarkable side conferences. The Bolivian 2010 Peoples Agreement of Cochabamba was presented (as well as other heady Indigenous documents); it was the day I’d first understood the true evils of capitalism. From their metaphorical second cousins the Indigenous Environmental Network: