In my last blog post I mentioned the idea of how little has been accomplished, relative to what’s needed, since the first Earth Summit in 1972.
Here’s a link to an op-ed from 1988:
Flora Lewis essentially writes about the need for a paradigm shift.
The message of 1968 is beginning to percolate into awareness that for the first time since humans evolved, our activity is starting to affect the earth’s capacity to sustain us. The combination of massive population growth and ecological damage is the new universal threat and requires fundamentally new habits of thought. But the message…
Some of my friends get pretty upset when I say: “It’s been a long time coming, it’s going to be a long time gone.”
But not only did we dig and dig and dig the hole, but the inertia of the process remains very strong.
For instance: It’s now almost fifty years since that celebrated first Earth Summit in Stockholm . . .
The promises and goals and aspirations are always way optimistic.
I don’t think humans will disappear and I don’t think it will be the end of nature, but I do think we face quite…
A problem (another problem) with the left is that they keep going back — wave after “New Left” wave — back to Karl Marx.
Stop already. The Great Theorist was wrong about his interpretation of history, wrong about his labor theory of value, wrong about the “agency of social change” (industrial proletariat), wrong about the goal of the movement (universal socialization of the major means of production).
The new New Left reads Jacobin Magazine. Their stuff finagling Marx’s “essence” can give a person a belly-ache.
The guy was wrong about most things. Old Karl was a huge fan of…
Shouldn’t be one country. Too big. Too diverse.
Would have been better off letting the South secede in 1860.
You’d have to listen to the full argument. Just some points . . .
* Instead of four generations of the horrors of Jim Crow you would have had two inertial generations and then young Southerners would have demanded that their elders end slavery. That trend was in place worldwide.
* By forcing Radical Reconstruction down their throats the result was a degree of alienation that just made everything worse. The north dominated the south. Domination always involves oppression, resentment…
Egalitarianism Ain’t Us
Egalitarianism Ain’t U.S.
Egalitarianism Ain’t Under the sun anywhere (within the sorry domain of this particular System).
In a certain sense the left ought to feel foolish. For all the analyzing, organizing, strategizing, stomping, kvetching, and occupying over the last 200 years inequality just keeps increasing.
The left has gotten the elites to recognize that in the absence of a social safety net there would be more in the way of instability. Such was the motivation for the New Deal, for example. Social welfare programs are more effective than charity.
But The System cannot be, never has…
I have neither the time nor the focus to write it. Maybe you do . . .
The first half of an introductory chapter I would consist of an analysis of where we’ve been, why, and what’s been problematic about it.
. emergence of homo sapiens 350,000 years ago
. cultural Great Leap Forward 50,000 years ago
. Neolithic Revolution 10,000 years ago
. transition to the New Ways (characterized by statism, developmentalism, wealth accumulation, empire building, private property, patriarchy, habitat destruction) 5,000 years ago
. advent of industrialism 300 years ago
The second half of introductory chapter…
This is a good time to get clear in your mind about the difference between:
A world where human lifeways are transitioning toward the revitalization of local community life.
We have a “micro-level” goal and a “macro-level” goal:
(a) to establish an ecovillage that residents can feel to be Home in the deepest and broadest sense (conducive to social support and ecological responsibility);
(b) to foster and provide a model for the transformational project expressed in our vision statement.
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A key part of the solution to the modern crisis will be to transition human lifeways…
THE PATH TO CHANGE: COMMUNITY
by Steve Welzer
Steve has been a Green movement activist for over thirty years. He edits Green Horizon Magazine and is an organizer with the Altair Ecovillage project in Kimberton, PA. Steve wrote the Introduction to David Watson’s Beyond Bookchin: Preface for a Future Social Ecology. He lives in East Windsor, N.J.
Fifth Estate #409, Summer, 2021
The movement for social change must be comprehensive and multi-dimensional. There is no simple Solution and no single Best Way to get from here to there.
But there has recently been a shift of sentiment regarding where…
In response to:
Many Greens say small is beautiful. But we’re not talking about replacing big business with smaller units within the extant industrial capitalist system.
We’re talking about moving toward a downscaled world where all aspects of life are conducive to a participatory form of democracy and a communitarian sensibility. That’s utterly imposible within the modern industrial Leviathan.
One way that Greens have distinguished themselves from all the old ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, nationalism) has been by making the issue of scale a primary consideration. Socialists ought to do likewise. …
A co-editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a Green movement activist for almost thirty years.