Capitalism

28/05/22
Author: 
Vijay Prashad
Photo: Bisa Butler (USA), I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 2019

NOTE: Listen to this week’s interview on Clearing the FOG with Claudia de la Cruz of The People’s Forum about the Summit of the Americas and The People’s Summit.

May 27, 2022

28/05/22
Author: 
Kevin Anderson, Jessica Jewell
Figure 1 | Flooding in Houston, Texas, from Hurricane Harvey. Climate change is estimated to have made such rainfall three times more likely than it otherwise would be for the Houston area20.Credit: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Getty

So, even the "planning" process is fundamentally distorted by the desire to make climate "solutions" seem within reach, when no realistic, mathematically rigorous research has been done on the feasibility of these much-celebrated "mitigation pathways." Once again, the capitalist system's primary objective is shown to be protecting the capitalist system of consumption, growth, and profits. Capitalism or the future: WE CAN'T HAVE BOTH!!

       -- Gene McGuckin 

Sept. 19, 2019

19/05/22
Illustration: Eva Bee/The Guardian

May 19, 2022

Massive food producers hold too much power – and the regulators scarcely understand what is happening. Sound familiar?

For the past few years, scientists have been frantically sounding an alarm that governments refuse to hear: the global food system is beginning to look like the global financial system in the run-up to 2008.

16/05/22
Author: 
William I. Robinson
Capitalism is pushing to expand on the backs of working masses who can tolerate no more hardship and deprivation. AYO WALKER / TRUTHOUT; ADAPTED; JASON ARMOND / LOS ANGELES TIMES, SALMAN ALI/HINDUSTAN TIMES AND DANIEL ROMERO / LONG VISUAL PRESS / UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP, VIA GETTY IMAGES

Unfortunately, this article doesn't make reference to right-wing "anti-vaxxer" and related protests, comparing them to, and distinguishing them from, the progressive protests covered here. But there is a lot of good info, and the last sentence of the article poses the key strategic task for all of us.

   -- Gene McGuckin

May 14 2022

12/05/22
Author: 
Damian Carrington and Matthew Taylor
Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger climate breakdown

"The Middle East and Russia often attract the most attention in relation to future oil and gas production but the US, Canada and Australia are among the countries with the biggest expansion plans and the highest number of carbon bombs. The US, Canada and Australia also give some of the world’s biggest subsidies for fossil fuels per capita."

May 11, 2022

06/05/22
Author: 
By Timothée Parrique, originally published by Timothée Parrique blog

It took me a while but I finally digested the 107 pages of Chapter 5: Demand, services and social aspects of mitigation in the last IPCC report on Mitigation of climate change. This chapter is worth the read if only because it’s the first one fully dedicated to demand-side strategies.

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