Roundtable on Vivir Bien An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

[NNIMMO BASSEY / CREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/FEBRERO DE 2018] Nnimmo Bassey is the director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environmental think tank based in Nigeria. He chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 to 2012. His books include To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa and Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War. The pathway of … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

[NGO FORUM ON ADB/HOLDING ADB ACCOUNTABLE SINCE 1992] We – grassroots movements, non-government organizations and civil society networks from Asian countries and the rest of the world welcome the fact that we were invited to submit our proposals and concerns during the process of drafting the Energy Sector Strategy of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB).  We note that a number of these proposals … Continue reading Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

Desglobalización

Por Pablo Solón Desglobalizarse no es aislarse ni promover la autarquía, sino impulsar una integración mundial diferente que no esté dominada por el capital. Desglobalizarse es pensar y construir una integración alternativa que tenga en su centro a los pueblos y a la naturaleza. La globalización no es un proceso de creciente interdepen-dencia e integración hecho posible gracias al avance de las comunicaciones y el … Continue reading Desglobalización

The Rights of Mother Earth

  By Pablo Solón The rights of Mother Earth are a call to abandon the existing dominant anthropocentric paradigm and to imagine a new Earth society. For anthropocentrism, human beings are at the center of everything and are superior to all other beings and elements that are part of the Earth. Humans are the only ones who possess consciousness, values and morals. Humanity and nature … Continue reading The Rights of Mother Earth

Ecofeminism

By Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán Ecofeminism is a critical theory, a philosophy and an interpretation of the world that seeks to transform it. It brings together two emerging currents of political theory and practice into one approach that aims to explain and transform the current system of domination and violence by focussing on the critique of patriarchy and the overexploitation of nature and their impacts on … Continue reading Ecofeminism

The Commons

By Christophe Aguiton[1] In academic and activist circles today, there is a lot of discussion on the “common goods” or the “commons.” What are the commons? Is it right to talk about common “goods” as physical or natural resources or knowledge? Or, on the contrary, are the commons a kind of social relation or a way of collectively managing the different elements and processes that … Continue reading The Commons

Vivir Bien

[Versión en español] by Pablo Solón Vivir Bien or Buen Vivir is a concept that is under construction and that has passed through many different moments. There is not just one single definition of Vivir Bien and today this term is under dispute. At present, there are institutions linked to big business that now speak of Vivir Bien, but in an understanding that is very … Continue reading Vivir Bien

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

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

Un acercamiento al “Buen vivir”

[Alfonso Ibáñez,  autor.Consejo de Educación Popular de América Latina y El Caribe]. Quisiera referirme a esta cuestión de la “vida buena” como una motivación para los intercambios que ya se están haciendo o que se van a hacer en estos días, porque me parece que es un asunto eminentemente filosófico, si comprendemos a la filosofía en su significado etimológico como el amor del saber o … Continue reading Un acercamiento al “Buen vivir”