[Marxism] Ecological revolution

Paul H. Dillon illonph at pacbell.net
Sat Oct 8 08:33:56 MDT 2005

The question of scale seems implicit in Foster's analyses.  Nowhere, if not 
on this list, has the industrial world built on coal and oil been descried 
as non-sustainable, its demise imminent.  This is one of  Foster's main 
points.  If this globalized system of production, a natural consequence of 
the functioning of the capitalist mode,  isn't sustainable, what would a 
sustainable one look like?

It isn't Utopian to point out that for a wide variety of reasons, regional 
sustainability (self-provisioning) for many basic necessities whose 
consumption now depends upon a large dose of petroleum, either in 
fertilizers or transportation,  will be a part of  any form of sustainable 
economic organization . A change in technology, eg, perfection of controlled 
fusion, would of course change this..

  Would the political form such a decentralized economy take be amenable to 
a centralist political system.  Not from a Marxist theoretical perspective, 
in which the economic relations determine the political organization. 
However, this doesn't necessarily imply that the resulting political system 
would be Mondragon style cooperatives.

Paul Dillon 

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