[Marxism] Does Peak Oil Theory Help the Bourgeoisie?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 10 20:51:33 MDT 2008

Sartesian wrote:
>No, Louis, but is the shortage and the depletion of the fish based on
>inherent limits to the quantity of fish that the ocean can support or is it
>based on the needs of capital to "float" its investment by transforming
>increased capital costs into massive increases in the conversion of those
>capital costs into circulating commodities?  Is the shortage based on use or
>exchange?  On profit, cost of production or on "too much demand"?

There simply is not enough bluefin tuna in the ocean to sustain 
current levels of consumption. That would be true under the current 
economic system or under the purest form of communism. In fact, we 
have to get used to the idea of environmental sustainability if the 
human race is going to survive. Why is this so difficult to 
understand? When Lenin and the Bolsheviks took power, they set up a 
commission to set aside vast portions of the USSR for the protection 
of flora and fauna. To do this properly, it does not require reading 
V. 3 of Capital. It requires a dedication to socialism and a mastery 
of environmental science. 

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