[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.
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