Let’s Just Admit It: Capitalism Doesn’t Work

[John Atcheson, Common Dreams, 13.11.17] “In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.”—Fran Lebowitz “To comprehend the scope of corporate consolidation, imagine a day in the life of a typical American and ask: How long does it take for her to interact with a market that isn’t nearly monopolized?” (Photo: Jonny White/cc/flickr) In almost every way you examine … Continue reading Let’s Just Admit It: Capitalism Doesn’t Work

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?

Climate Denial, Trumpism, and Neo-Liberalism

[William I. Robinson, 12/12/2016, Alainet] There is more than meets the eye in President-elect Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, is a notorious climate change denier. He is part of a coalition of public figures suing over EPA programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boasts that he is “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist … Continue reading Climate Denial, Trumpism, and Neo-Liberalism

Theses on Saving the Planet – “The Promise of Ecosocialism”

Written by Richard Smith and first published at Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières I don’t need to tell you we face an existential threat. Scientists tell us we face a “climate emergency.” Last year was the hottest year ever recorded, beating 2014, which beat 2012. We break new records every year. The fourteen hottest years ever recorded have been recorded since 2000. January and February temperatures … Continue reading Theses on Saving the Planet – “The Promise of Ecosocialism”

Final Manifesto: Third International Socialist Encounter

We, the organizations convening the Third International Ecosocialist Encounter, held in Bilbao from 23-25 September of 2016, Considering: That capitalism has been developed despite and in the face of the two basic dependencies that make human life possible. First, it ignores the fact that, like all other living species, we obtain the things we need in order to live from nature; second, it obscures the … Continue reading Final Manifesto: Third International Socialist Encounter

América Latina a la hora del lumpencapitalismo – Ilusiones progresistas devoradas por la crisis

[Jorge Beinstein, ALAI AMLATINA, 21/03/2016] La coyuntura global está marcada por una crisis deflacionaria motorizada por las grandes potencias. La caída de los precios de las commodities, cuyo aspecto más llamativo fue, desde mediados del 2014, la de las cotizaciones del petróleo, descubre el desinfle de la demanda internacional mientras tanto se estanca la ola financiera, muleta estratégica del sistema durante las últimas cuatro décadas. … Continue reading América Latina a la hora del lumpencapitalismo – Ilusiones progresistas devoradas por la crisis

La mujer que hablaba con los ríos

[Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán] “Me lo ha dicho el ta, me ha dicho el rio que triunfaremos…” eran las palabras de Berta Cáceres, activista del pueblo Lenca de Honduras cuya vida ha dejado una huella imborrable en la memoria de los pueblos y para las luchas por el agua, la ecología y el feminismo. Lo decía para animarse a seguir defendiendo su río Gualcarque en territorio … Continue reading La mujer que hablaba con los ríos

El capitalismo será derrotado por la Tierra

[30/11/2015, Leonardo Boff] Hay un hecho indiscutible y desolador: el capitalismo como modo de producción y su ideología política, el neoliberalismo, se han sedimentado globalmente de forma tan consistente que parecen hacer inviable cualquier alternativa real. De hecho, ha ocupado todos los espacios y alineado casi todos los países a sus intereses globales. Desde que la sociedad pasó a ser de mercado y todo se … Continue reading El capitalismo será derrotado por la Tierra

El Impacto de la crisis mundial sobre el modelo posneoliberal en el Ecuador

[François Houtart y Pablo Caller i Salas] Para analizar una situación, evidentemente compleja, vinculada con una coyuntura internacional caótica que escapa a la capacidad de acción de cualquier país, especialmente del Sur, se debe salir de explicaciones simples reduciendo los procesos sociales a un voluntarismo colectivo o personal, que desembocan sobre acusaciones mutuas, sin excluir la utilización de la violencia institucional o espontánea. Tampoco se … Continue reading El Impacto de la crisis mundial sobre el modelo posneoliberal en el Ecuador

Se acelera el fin del ciclo progresista

[Raúl Zibechi, La Jornada, Opinion, 30/09/2015] Cada quien elige el lugar desde el cual mira el mundo, pero esa elección tiene consecuencias y determina lo que puede ver y lo que irremediablemente se le escapa. El punto de observación no es nunca un lugar neutro, como no lo puede ser el que observa. Más aún, el observador es modelado por el lugar que elige para … Continue reading Se acelera el fin del ciclo progresista

The end of capitalism has begun

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian [Paul Mason, 07/17/2015, The Guardian, Illustration by Joe Magee] The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, … Continue reading The end of capitalism has begun

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

¿Llegó el fin del idilio China – América Latina?

[Lucy Hornby / Andrés Schipani, Milenio,19/01/2015] Nicolás Maduro, el presidente venezolano, anunció una inversión de 20 mil millones de dólares (mdd) procedente de China. Pero no dijo si era lo que buscaba: un rescate financiero de su más grande acreedor. La confusión habla mucho sobre cómo la desaceleración de la economía china y el desplome de los precios de las materias primas ponen a prueba … Continue reading ¿Llegó el fin del idilio China – América Latina?

Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons

[David Bollier & Burns H. Weston, wealthofthecommons.org] At least since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, we have known about humankind’s squandering of nonrenewable resources, its careless disregard of precious life species and its overall contamination and degradation of delicate ecosystems. In recent decades, these defilements have assumed a systemic dimension. Lately we have come to realize the shocking extent to which our atmospheric emission of carbon dioxide … Continue reading Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons

Notes for the debate: Deglobalization

Versión en español Download this text in PDF format World Integration for People and Nature What is Deglobalization? To answer that question, we must first be clear on our definition of globalization. Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan has compiled around one hundred definitions of globalization in his paper, “Definitions of Globalization: A Comprehensive Overview and a Proposed Definition.”1 The majority tend to define the term as … Continue reading Notes for the debate: Deglobalization

SOUTH/SOUTH COLABORATION FOR A POST-CAPITALIST PARADIGM

[François Houtart[1]] In July 2014 a new step was taken towards constructing a multi-polar world, with the meeting in Brazil of the BRICS, the constitution of a new Bank and of a Fund for Development. This was followed by a joint meeting between the BRICS, UNASUR, the Organization of the South American States and CELAC (the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean). All this happened … Continue reading SOUTH/SOUTH COLABORATION FOR A POST-CAPITALIST PARADIGM

Notes for the Debate: Vivir Bien / Buen Vivir

We recommend to read the Chapter Vivir Bien in the book Systemic Alternatives  https://systemicalternatives.org/2017/03/14/vivir-bien-2/ Versión en español Let’s walk with our backs toward the future and our eyes on the past, so we can find our way to utopia. What is Vivir Bien? Is it an idea that reclaims ethical principles and knowledge? A practice or proposal of the Andean indigenous peoples? A philosophy? A paradigm … Continue reading Notes for the Debate: Vivir Bien / Buen Vivir

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

Algunas ideas sobre Piketty

[ David Harvey] Publicado por Guillem Murcia, 20 mayo 2014. A continuación publicamos la reseña que el profesor David Harvey ha hecho del libro de Thomas Piketty “El Capital en el siglo XXI”. David Harvey es profesor en la City University of New York, y lleva más de 40 años enseñando, divulgando e investigando sobre la opera magna de Marx, El Capital. Entre sus contribuciones se halla una serie de clases en vídeo sobre la obra … Continue reading Algunas ideas sobre Piketty

Afterthoughts on Piketty’s Capital

[David Harvey] Thomas Piketty has written a book called Capital that has caused quite a stir. He advocates progressive taxation and a global wealth tax as the only way to counter the trend towards the creation of a “patrimonial” form of capitalism marked by what he dubs “terrifying” inequalities of wealth and income. He also documents in excruciating and hard to rebut detail how social … Continue reading Afterthoughts on Piketty’s Capital