What is Systemic Alternatives?

Español We are experiencing a systemic crisis that can only be solved through systemic alternatives. What humanity is facing is not only an environmental crisis, an economic crisis, a social crisis or an institutional crisis. It is a crisis of humanity and of the Earth system. This systemic crisis has been triggered by the capitalist system, whose relentless pursuit of endless growth and profits at … Continue reading What is Systemic Alternatives?

The World Social Forum at the Crossroads

The World Social Forum at the Crossroads See you in Montreal next August 9-14 Pierre Beaudet In 2001, Brazilian popular movements convened, with the support of organizations from elsewhere around the world, a Forum in Porto Alegre to facilitate the discussion among activists from civil society in turmoil, above all in Latin America, where the winds of change blew hard! There was lots of excitement … Continue reading The World Social Forum at the Crossroads

AMÉRICA LATINA: el final de un ciclo o el agotamiento del posneoliberalismo

[François Houtart] América Latina fue el único continente donde las opciones neoliberales fueron adoptadas por varios países. Después de una serie de dictaduras militares, apoyadas por los Estados Unidos y portadoras del proyecto neoliberal, las reacciones no se hicieron esperar. La cumbre fue el rechazo en 2005 del Tratado de Libre Comercio con los Estados Unidos y Canadá, el resultado de la acción conjunta entre … Continue reading AMÉRICA LATINA: el final de un ciclo o el agotamiento del posneoliberalismo

Latin America in times of lumpencapitalism

Progressive illusions devoured by the crisis [Jorge Beinstein, ALAI AMLAT-en, 01/04/2016] The global situation is characterized by a deflationary crisis driven by the great powers. The fall of commodity prices, whose most signal effect, as of mid-2014, was that of oil, reveals deflated international demand, while the financial upsurge, that has been a strategic prop of the system over the past four decades, has stagnated. The … Continue reading Latin America in times of lumpencapitalism

Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements

[Katherine Walsh, Society for international development, 2010] In a world long organized around the western capitalist principle of living better and its correlate: having more‘development’ is a term and concept with a historically weighted significance. For many, it is, in essence, the‘paradogmatic’ (not just paradigmatic) frame against which the Global South in general and Latin America in particular have both measured themselves and been measured. … Continue reading Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements

Ecofeminism

[from: http://www.thegreenfuse.com%5D Ecofeminism There is no single definition of ecofeminism, and ecofeminists may well disagree with at least some of explanations I give in this section, but there are core principles. Ecofeminists agree that the domination of women and the domination of nature are fundamentally connected and that environmental efforts are therefore integral with work to overcome the oppression of women. The primary aims of … Continue reading Ecofeminism

Marx’s Ecology in the 21st Century

An article by: Brett Clark and John Bellamy Foster “We contend that Marx’s materialist and metabolic approach, his emphasis on the contradiction between use value and exchange value and between wealth and accumulation, his focus on sustainable human development, and his critique of capital as a whole, provide an invaluable methodological foundation to critique contemporary environmental degradation and to envision social and ecological transformation. To … Continue reading Marx’s Ecology in the 21st Century

Alain Badiou: Eleven points inspired by the situation in Greece

[Verso Books, Miri Davidson, july 09 2015] It is urgently necessary to internationalise the Greek people’s cause. Only the total elimination of the debt would bring an “ideological blow” to the current European system. 1. The Greek people’s massive “No” does not mean a rejection of Europe. It means a rejection of the bankers’ Europe, of infinite debt and of globalised capitalism. 2. Isn’t it … Continue reading Alain Badiou: Eleven points inspired by the situation in Greece

El cristianismo como socialismo light

[Raúl Prada Alcoreza] ¿Qué clase de socialismo es ese que no desmantela los mecanismos de dominación? Que describe las consecuencias de las dominaciones como pobreza; palabra sencilla, elemental, sin mayores atributos que hacer de contraste con la riqueza. Por eso se llega a la inocente conclusión de que lo que se trata es de redistribuir la riqueza. ¿Es un problema administrativo? ¿Se resuelve el problema … Continue reading El cristianismo como socialismo light

“Soy un economista arrepentido porque la economía se ha olvidado de la energía”

[Arnaldo Pérez Guerra, Rebelión] El economista catalán Joan Martínez Alier visitó Chile para participar en el Congreso Latinoamericano de Ecología Política, que se desarrolló entre el 21 y el 24 de octubre en la Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (FAU) de la Universidad de Chile. Allí se lanzó la edición chilena de su libro El ecologismo de los pobres, reeditado por Editorial Quimantú, en colaboración … Continue reading “Soy un economista arrepentido porque la economía se ha olvidado de la energía”

El Decálogo del Decrecimiento

[Antonio Cerrillo, La Vanguardia, España, 04/01/2014] Las corrientes de pensamiento que cuestionan la idea del crecimiento ganan terreno y afianzan los valores no materiales para reinterpretar el bienestar Muchos españoles escuchan el pronóstico de un aumento del PIB como quien pone el termómetro para saber la temperatura de su felicidad. Pero diversas corrientes del pensamiento cuestionan que el tan traído y llevado crecimiento vaya a … Continue reading El Decálogo del Decrecimiento