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

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

The Right to the City

[David Harvey – New Left Review 53, 2008] We live in an era when ideals of human rights have moved centre stage both politically and ethically. A great deal of energy is expended in promoting their significance for the construction of a better world. But for the most part the concepts circulating do not fundamentally challenge hegemonic liberal and neoliberal market logics, or the dominant modes … Continue reading The Right to the City

The Crisis of Capitalism This Time Around

[David Harvey – prologue of “Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism” (Profile Books, 2014)] Crises are essential to the reproduction of capitalism. It is in the course of crises that the instabilities of capitalism are confronted, reshaped and re-engineered to create a new version of what capitalism is about. Much gets torn down and laid waste to make way for the new. Once-productive landscapes … Continue reading The Crisis of Capitalism This Time Around

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

El agua en los tiempos de balance

[Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán, octubre 2013] .- Hace ya más de 12 años que los activistas bolivianos vivimos una épica lucha por el agua que terminó con la salida de la transnacional Bechtel del país. Ese episodio de la historia boliviana se convirtió en símbolo de la lucha mundial por recuperar uno de los elementos más importantes para la existencia humana: el agua, como el sentido … Continue reading El agua en los tiempos de balance

Manifiesto ecosocialista

[Joel Kovel y Michael Löwy 2001] English Version Introducción. La idea de este manifiesto ecosocialista fue lanzada en conjunto por Joel Kovel y Michael Löwy en un taller sobre ecología y socialismo celebrado en Vincennes, cerca de París, en septiembre de 2001. Todos sufrimos de un caso crónico de la paradoja de Gramsci, al vivir en un tiempo cuyo viejo orden está muriendo (arrastrando a … Continue reading Manifiesto ecosocialista

An Ecosocialist Manifesto

[Joel Kovel and Michael Lowy, Sept 2001] Versión en español Introduction The idea for this ecosocialist manifesto was jointly launched by Joel Kovel and Michael Lowy, at a September, 2001, workshop on ecology and socialism held at Vincennes, near Paris. We all suffer from a chronic case of Gramsci’s paradox, of living in a time whose old order is dying (and taking civilization with it) while … Continue reading An Ecosocialist Manifesto

Structural Crisis Needs Structural Change

[István Mészáros] When stressing the need for a radical structural change it must be made clear right from the beginning that this is not a call for an unrealizable utopia. On the contrary, the primary defining characteristic of modern utopian theories was precisely the projection that their intended improvement in the conditions of the workers’ lives could be achieved well within the existing structural frameworkof the criticized … Continue reading Structural Crisis Needs Structural Change

La potencia de la vida

[Raúl Prada Alcoreza]  ¿Quiénes somos? ¿Qué somos? ¿Para qué nos constituimos tal como hemos llegado a ser en el momento presente? Estas preguntas son cruciales al momento de sentirnos interpelados por los desafíos del presente; ¿cómo afrontar todas las problemáticas acumuladas? ¿Seremos capaces de solucionarlas o los problemas que enfrentamos nos van a desbordar? Para decirlo en términos dramáticos: ¿vamos a destruir el planeta donde … Continue reading La potencia de la vida

Voces de alerta ante la estrategia energética del Banco Mundial

[Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán, 2010] El cambio climático no es una crisis medioambiental, es básicamente una de las crisis de carácter global que más ámbitos de la sociedad involucra pues está íntimamente ligado al modelo de desarrollo, a las culturas civilizatorias del planeta y a los modelos energéticos.Uno de los temas más relacionados con el cambio climático es la energía, las matrices energéticas y la transición hacia … Continue reading Voces de alerta ante la estrategia energética del Banco Mundial

Organizing for the Anti-Capitalist Transition

[David Harvey, World Social Forum 2010] The historical geography of capitalist development is at a key inflexion point in which the geographical configurations of power are rapidly shifting at the very moment when the temporal dynamic is facing very serious constraints.  Three percent compound growth (generally considered the minimum satisfactory growth rate for a healthy capitalist economy) is becoming less and less feasible to sustain … Continue reading Organizing for the Anti-Capitalist Transition