Snowpiercer and the Machine of Life

The Alien Next Door

Beneath the film’s blatant statement on the emptiness of the pursuit of capital at any cost lies a deeper more subtle exploration on the nature of humanity. While liberals want to reform capitalism, without fundamentally transforming it, radicals want to tear it up from the roots (the root word of “radical” is root!) Perhaps it is a truism that most reformist movements fail to challenge the true hegemony of the system they intend to overtake, given their origin.

Naomi Klein to Degrowth Conference: Climate Change Can Deliver 'People's Shock'

Green (Living) Review

" Klein''s opening address to the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity , which kicked off Tuesday in the German city of Leipzig, made perfect sense, as the themes of her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate , overlap those of the conference — that addressing the climate crisis is incompatible with the current growth-focused economy.

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What Do Chinese Dumplings Have to Do With Global Warming?

Green (Living) Review

But as China began to open up to the West and Deng Xiaoping, Mao’s reformist successor, declared that some people “will get rich first,” Chen, who not only was bored but had two sons’ weddings to pay for, wanted to become one of those people. Scenes like this are being replicated all over Zhengzhou — a smoggy industrial city that, thanks to Chen’s ingenuity, has become the capital of frozen food in China.

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Confronting Injustice: A must-read book for today’s activists

Green Blog

There can be no such thing as a democratic, socially just, and environmentally sustainable capitalism. … In contrast to some radical writers who promote “anti-capitalism” as an end in itself, Muhammad argues firmly for socialism, which, following Michael Lebowitz, he defines as a “solidarian society” motivated by human needs, not profit.

Think apocalyptic – and turn despair into action

Green Blog

Other delusional assertions — such as the claim that capitalism is compatible with basic moral principles, meaningful democracy, and ecological sustainability — require more effort to take apart (perhaps because there seems to be no alternative). So, as we work patiently on reformist projects, we can continue to offer a radical analysis and experiment with new ways of working together.

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A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis

The Green Changemakers

by Christian Parenti , originally published by Dissent Magazine Several strands of green thinking maintain that capitalism is incapable of a sustainable relationship with non-human nature because, as an economic system, capitalism has a growth imperative while the earth is finite. Capitalism, a system in which privately owned firms must continuously out-produce and out-sell their competitors, may be incapable of accommodating itself to the limits of the natural world.