by William Teach | March 21, 2016 7:20 am
Who indeed? We find out from Stefania Barca, a senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal).
Labor in the Age of Climate Change
Any just transition to a green economy must take place on labor’s terms — not capital’s.
Climate change must be stopped. But who will do the stopping? Who, in other words, could be the political subject of an anticapitalist climate revolution?
I am convinced this social agent could be, and indeed must be, the global working class. Yet to play this role, the working class must develop an emancipatory ecological class consciousness.
So, the class of people hurt most by the policies pushed by rich, Left leaning climate alarmists are supposed to embrace anti-capitalism to…..essentially solve nothing, because the policies pushed by the Cult of Climastrology would really have almost no effect on the problem they say Mankind has created. And you have to read that like for ecological class consciousness. It’s 5 pages of unhinged leftism, with a hatred of capitalism (which, of course, fails to note that they wouldn’t be able to produce the document and publish it on the Internet without capitalism). There’s too much to attempt to excerpt.
Yet important cleavages exist within this consensus, especially when it comes to the just transition. Some groups simply push for job creation in a greened economy. Others, refusing to abide market solutions, have adopted a radical critique of capitalism.
How this schism shakes out will decide whether labor unwittingly bolsters capital — or confronts capital and climate change.
Why does it seem that so much of what the Warmists push is about changing to some other economy, other than capitalism? Not that we’re seeing a capitalist economy at the moment, as it is driven much by cronyism and government edicts and dictates. Warmists want to utterly change, and, if you read through the rest of the article, you’ll note that the author is not particularly happy with the current methods employed and proposed, as they, shockingly, harm The Worker. He wants climate and social justice employed, and ends with
The alternative is more promising, if more challenging: an ecosocialism powered by an emancipatory, ecological class consciousness. It would demand class struggle on a higher level — the level of global political ecology. But it would offer the possibility of a truly sustainable world, forged on labor’s terms rather than capital’s.
Why does this seem like hardcore leftist dogma, with smatterings of Marxism? Why does it sound so political? Because this is what it’s all about.
Who was hurt the most with the all the “communist” revolutions around the world, after being told they’d all be a workers paradise?
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