Un lectura crítica: “Venezuela y la lucha bolivariana* por trascender al capitalismo”

Título original: “Venezuela: la experiencia bolivariana en la lucha por trascender al capitalismo” [Edgardo Lander] I.      Las luchas por la superación del capitalismo en las primeras     décadas del siglo XXI La Revolución Bolivariana fue el primer intento de llevar a cabo una transformación socialista en el siglo XXI en todo el mundo. En consecuencia, los debates sobre la experiencia venezolana se han referido no … Continue reading Un lectura crítica: “Venezuela y la lucha bolivariana* por trascender al capitalismo”

Austerity and Degrowth – Dealing with the Economic Crisis and the Ecological Crisis Together

[ Brian Davey, originally published by Feasta]   This article arises from increasing frustration and irritation about the way that the debate about Greece, and in general about austerity, is framed. My frustration is not only with the policy thugs who are implementing austerity, but also, to a degree, with their critics – which includes the failure of most of the critics of growth to … Continue reading Austerity and Degrowth – Dealing with the Economic Crisis and the Ecological Crisis Together

Prepare Now for the Next Financial Crisis

[Martin Khor*, PENANG, Malaysia, Jul 22 2017 (IPS)] The Asian financial crisis started 20 years ago and the global financial crisis and recession 9 years back. When a new global financial crisis strikes, the developing countries will be more damaged than in the last crisis as they have become less resilient and more vulnerable.  They thus need to prepare from being overwhelmed. A debate is … Continue reading Prepare Now for the Next Financial Crisis

No somos idiotas: ¡hace rato estamos en crisis!

Breve lectura para algunos economistas sin vergüenza [Alberto Acosta, John Cajas Guijarro] “No hay tal mesa servida, entiendo que todo eso fue consecuencia de mucho trabajo y mucho esfuerzo por reinstitucionalizar el país; pero, por favor, creo que se podía haber sido un poquito más mesurado al momento de dejar cuentas en mejores condicione”. Licenciado Lenín Moreno, Presidente del Ecuador, 12 de julio de 2017 … Continue reading No somos idiotas: ¡hace rato estamos en crisis!

The Real Circular Economy

[Sharon Ede, December 2016, Complementary Currency Resource Center] How Relocalising Production With Not-For-Profit Business Models Helps Build Resilient and Prosperous Societies This Commons Transition Special Report was written by Sharon Ede, a sustainability ideas transmitter, writer and activist working in Adelaide, Australia. Ede is also a co-founder of the Post-Growth Institute, one of Commons Transition’s most esteemed Partner Projects. We feel that the Post-Growth Institute’s … Continue reading The Real Circular Economy

Post-progresismo y horizontes emancipatorios en América Latina

[Massimo Modonesi y Maristella Svampa] Pensar el post-progresismo en América Latina se ha vuelto una urgencia y un imperativo a la luz de la sorpresiva aceleración del fin del ciclo que viene aconteciendo desde 2015. Así, m ientras que algunos gobiernos progresistas comienzan a transitar sus últimos años de mandato sin que sus líderes tengan la posibilidad de ser re-reelegidos a la presidencia (como en … Continue reading Post-progresismo y horizontes emancipatorios en América Latina

Globalization and its New Discontents

[Joseph E. Stiglitz] NEW YORK – Fifteen years ago, I wrote a little book, entitled Globalization and its Discontents,describing growing opposition in the developing world to globalizing reforms. It seemed a mystery: people in developing countries had been told that globalization would increase overall wellbeing. So why had so many people become so hostile to it? Now, globalization’s opponents in the emerging markets and developing countries … Continue reading Globalization and its New Discontents

Joan Martínez Alier: «Si la economía crece y la naturaleza decrece, hay una contradicción»

[Entrevista a Joan Martinéz Alier, Menorca, España, 09/07/2014] Es una de las voces más autorizadas sobre economía y ecología. No solo advierte de los retos y de los riesgos, sino también de cómo el medio ambiente y la naturaleza no se consideran a la hora de hablar de actividad económica, por la presión que crea el crecimiento sin fin. Su relación con Menorca ha sido … Continue reading Joan Martínez Alier: «Si la economía crece y la naturaleza decrece, hay una contradicción»

Development from the Bottom Up

[Sulak Sivaraksa, from The Wisdom of Sustainability, 2009] There is an old Thai saying, “In the fields there is rice; in the water there are fish.” Before colonialism, the fertile lands of Southeast Asia – known as the Rice Bowl of Asia – provided food for all its people. Plants grew everywhere, wildlife was plentiful, jungles produced teak and other hardwoods, and the human population … Continue reading Development from the Bottom Up

Video: Tim Jackson’s TED Talk: An economic reality check

[Tim Jackson, 2010] As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future. Of the credit and debt cycle, he says: “This is a strange, rather perverse story. It’s a story about us, people, being persuaded to spend money we don’t have on things … Continue reading Video: Tim Jackson’s TED Talk: An economic reality check

Reforma Agraria Popular: Una alternativa al modelo del capital

[João Pedro Stedile y Osvaldo León, 26/06/2014] ALAI AMLATINA. Desde la década de los ’80, nos encontramos en una nueva fase del capitalismo hegemonizada por el capital financiero y las transnacionales, que pasaron a controlar la producción de las principales mercancías y el comercio mundial, suscitando cambios estructurales en la producción agrícola. Este control del capital financiero sobre los bienes, que circula en el mundo … Continue reading Reforma Agraria Popular: Una alternativa al modelo del capital

«Il ne faut pas se battre pour la croissance mais pour la redistribution»

 [Pablo Solon, 2012] Entretien avec Pablo Solon par Jade Lindgaard, publie le vendredi 7 Septembre, 2012 Le cycle de discussions préparatoires, avant la conférence de l’ONU sur le climat de novembre, à Doha, s’est tenu cette semaine à Bangkok. Enjeu : comment financer le Fonds vert pour le climat destiné à aider les pays pauvres à faire face au réchauffement climatique ? Et que faire … Continue reading «Il ne faut pas se battre pour la croissance mais pour la redistribution»

Cómo construir un nuevo modelo de desarrollo para la cooperación sur-sur

[Francois Houtart] Con el desarrollo de los BRICS, las relaciones Sur-Sur ayudan a crear un mundo multipolar, pero no cambian el modelo de desarrollo colectivo. De hecho este grupo de países se desarrollan al interior según el esquema capitalista y establecen con sus periferias, relaciones similares a los vínculos Norte- Sur existentes. El Ecuador, uno de los pocos países del Sur que adopto medidas pos-neo-liberales, no … Continue reading Cómo construir un nuevo modelo de desarrollo para la cooperación sur-sur

Economy for Life in our Earth community

[Versión en español] Brief Background: This living document is a result of an extensive process led by the Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA), Gerak Lawan, La Via Campesina and the supporters of the #EndWTO Campaign. A draft document was written and circulated online before the #EndWTO Week of Action parallel to the 9th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization in Bali, Indonesia last … Continue reading Economy for Life in our Earth community

The Only Viable Economy

[István Mészáros] 1. Once upon a time the capitalist mode of production represented a great advance over all of the preceding ones, however problematical and indeed destructive this historical advance in the end turned out—and had to turn out—to be.  By breaking the long prevailing but constraining direct link between human use and production, and replacing it with the commodity relation, capital opened up the dynamically unfolding possibilities … Continue reading The Only Viable Economy

How economic growth has become anti-life

[Vandana Shiva, 2013] Limitless growth is the fantasy of economists, businesses and politicians. It is seen as a measure of progress. As a result, gross domestic product (GDP), which is supposed to measure the wealth of nations, has emerged as both the most powerful number and dominant concept in our times. However, economic growth hides the poverty it creates through the destruction of nature, which in … Continue reading How economic growth has become anti-life

A New Story for a New Economy: To Find Our Human Place in a Living Universe

[David Korten] Economists debate whether the economy is recovering from the financial crash of 2008. Scientists debate whether Earth will recover from an economy that is destroying Earth’s capacity to support life. An unconscionable gap between rich and poor – between the profligate and the desperate – grows at an alarming rate. Economists assure us that faster economic growth will provide the technology and financial … Continue reading A New Story for a New Economy: To Find Our Human Place in a Living Universe

Mujeres, comida y cuidados

[Esther Vivas, 08/03/2014].”Se trata, como dicen las economistas feministas, de colocar la vida en el centro. Visibilizar, valorar y compartir dichos trabajos de cuidados, y la naturaleza. Hacer visible lo invisible, mostrar la parte oculta del “iceberg”. Valorar estas tareas como imprescindibles, reconocer quienes las ejercen y otorgarles el lugar que se merecen. Y, finalmente, compartirlas, ser corresponsables. La vida y el sustento es cosa … Continue reading Mujeres, comida y cuidados

David Harvey interview: The importance of postcapitalist imagination

[David Harvey, 2013] Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from an interview that ran in Red Pepper and the Irish Left Review in which Harvey sets out some ideas from his new book on the contradictions of capital. He says creating a post-capitalist world requires changing the monetary system and creating a common property regime. Q. Is the era of finance capitalism which has developed … Continue reading David Harvey interview: The importance of postcapitalist imagination

Faut-il encore parler de développement?

[Xavier Ricard Lanata] Forgée dans l’immédiat après-guerre, la notion de développement répondait tout à la fois à un impératif moral (permettre à l’humanité de réaliser effectivement le programme d’émancipation établi par la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’Homme de 1948, puis par le Pacte relatif aux Droits économiques, sociaux et culturels de 1966), et à une nécessité géopolitique : en encourageant le développement économique des … Continue reading Faut-il encore parler de développement?