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So, at a national anti-fracking summit in Dallas, the keynote speaker was a green capitalist. Some things that were said, “Warren Buffet is investing in solar.” (Ok? We’re all mostly broke. hydrological fracturing tends to affect rural & poor communities, and people of color) “Your membership are our customers. You give us customers & we donate to your NGOs.” (Kickbacks from capitalists? Nah, you not gonna get that. We don’t sell you our people.) “Solar is cheap because German factories are locked into making them, and now there’s too many in the market. Sure it causes some people to hurt, but it’s a nessisary sacrifice.” (I guess some people are loosing their jobs in green energy but there exploitation is needed right?) And my personal favorite, “There may or may not be slavery involved in silicone production but I haven’t seen it & even if there was, that’s a trade off I’m willing to make.” Just…what? This man just advocated for SLAVERY? REALLY? Not even a, “pretty sure no but we naturally want to use union workers, and we should make sure the jobs created are jobs with justice.” Nope. Room full of people, and advocating slavery & talking about China like it’s fully of stupid barbarians. Like there weren’t countries like, oh, America more than happy to exploit them until they’re in dire straits. So. This is what socialists look like during that talk. We’re basically flooding their twitter & trying to get the mic.

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Ecosocialist Conference, Los Angeles 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum  from 10 am-8 pm.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am. Opening plenary will begin at 10 am.

For our current list of panel topics, click here.

If you agree with the Ecosocialist Statement and are interested in building, endorsing, or participating in this effort, please send us an email at ecosocialismla@gmail.com

Background:

This year marked the beginning of a new epoch in human history. For the first time since the Pliocine (2.6-5 million years ago), CO2 levels have reached 400 ppm. The implications of this are sobering, to say the least. The current manifestations of climate change disproportionately affect women, people of color, poor folks, and members of the “developing” world. The Democrats and Republicans are incapable of addressing this crisis. Only the self-activity and self-organization of the masses can bring about the necessary transformation needed to avert a climate catastrophe.

What defines social ecology as social is its recognition of the often-overlooked fact that nearly all our present ecological problems arise from deep-seated social problems. Conversely, our present ecological problems cannot be clearly understood, much less resolved, without resolutely dealing with problems within society.

-Murray Bookchin, Ecological Problems are Social Problems

The Ecosocialist Conference is a project of Left collaboration in Los Angeles.  Inspired by the rad organizing efforts of various Left groups/individuals on the east coast (for more background, see: this), members of the Los Angeles Socialist Party USA, Green Party, Democratic Socialists of America, International Socialist Organization, and Valley College Socialists are attempting to build a space for discussion, critical reflection, and future collaboration.

Any individuals or organizations seeking to endorse, build, or participate in the conference–please send an email to ecosocialismla@gmail.com.

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Ronnie Lee discusses Greens for Animal Protection

Ronnie Lee discusses Greens for Animal Protection

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By Jon Hochschartner

Ronnie Lee, founder of the Animal Liberation Front, has in recent years become active in the English Green Party, within which he has created an animalist subgroup, Greens for Animal Protection. He recently discussed the effort with Species and Class.

Species and Class: How did Greens for Animal Protection come about?

Ronnie Lee: It was something that was instigated by…

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Ecosocialism: Ten essential articles and five essential books
Ecosocialism: Ten essential articles and five essential books

Ecosocialism is not a new theory or brand of socialism — it is socialism with Marx’s important insights on ecology restored, socialism committed to the fight against ecological destruction.

These articles and books provide an introduction to that perspective,  focusing on works that are brief, clear, and readily available.

The authors don’t agree on everything. They don’t even agree on whether “ecosocialism” is an appropriate term. You may call this perspective ecosocialism or ecological Marxism or socialist environmentalism, or just socialism: it’s the ideas, not the labels, that count.

10 essential articles

  1. Ian Angus: How to make an ecosocialist revolution
  2. John Bellamy Foster: The four laws of ecology and the four anti-ecological laws of capitalism
  3. Chris Williams: What would a sustainable society look like?
  4. Ian Angus: Ecosocialism: for a society of good ancestors!
  5. Ecosocialist International Network: Belem Ecosocialist Declaration
  6. Daniel Tanuro: Humanity, society and ecology: Global warming and the ecosocialist alternative
  7. Phil Ward: The ecological crisis and its consequences for socialists
  8. John Bellamy Foster: Ecology and the transition from capitalism to socialism
  9. Ian Angus: Why we need an ecosocialist revolution
  10. Ian Angus: The spectre of 21st century barbarism

5 essential books

  1. Ian Angus and Simon Butler: Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis
  2. Ian Angus (editor): The Global Fight for Climate Justice
  3. Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster: What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism
  4. Joel Kovel: The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
  5. Chris Williams: Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis