[Marxism] Does Peak Oil Theory Help the Bourgeoisie?

bauerly at yorku.ca bauerly at yorku.ca
Wed Jun 11 09:00:21 MDT 2008

----And........ the title of this thread is in my opinion absurd. Does
--Global Warming Theory Help the Bourgeoisie?

--Does Rainforest Destruction Aid the Bourgeoisie? etc, etc??


Global Warming and Rainforest Destruction theories are not based on neoclassical
theories of supply and demand equilibrium and therefore, do not reify the market
as a natural non-political entity.  Peak Oil theory masks the profit seeking and
class power dynamics that created and maintain the social order, that caused the
'crisis', behind individual, or Asian, consumption that creates a rise in demand
and a supply shortage.  It goes no deeper, and impedes a deeper analysis, than
the working out of natural markets through its reliance on neoclassical
economic theory.

I am not denying the finitude of oil, but the causes of human society reaching
that end.  The real danger is in aiding the bourgeoisie in its effort to
overcome the crisis and to create a new and deeper round of commodification
through profit seeking.  If it were once radical to claim a limit to the
exploitation of the natural environment, that time has now passed.  The most
ardent green constituents are now capitalists.


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