[Marxism] Nader and Peak Oil

bauerly at yorku.ca bauerly at yorku.ca
Fri Jun 6 06:18:39 MDT 2008

Would it be possible to both reject the liberal idea of peak oil and Nader's
anti-corporate progressivism?  Would there be a way to understand the current
oil and food crises without resorting to 'values' and 'lifestyles' or bad oil
companies and oil cartels?  Is there any sort of analysis that seeks to probe
deeper than neoclassical equilibrium theories of supply and demand, one that
seeks to expose the political and social forms of power that undergird human
misery?  Is there a way to understand the ecological limits of capitalism
without positing the problem as one of individual over-consumption, perhaps a
way to show that the issue is based on class power relations and not humans
society v. nature?

If only some 19th Century thinker would have given us a way to do this.

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