[Marxism] Class Struggle, Fossil Fuels, and Environmental Catastrophe
sartesian at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 19 08:55:28 MDT 2008
"Numbers" of humans will decline? This, I infer, refers to absolute
numbers, not just decline in rate of growth.
How are we as Marxists going to advocate that? In prior discussions, some
argued that the "carrying capacity" of the earth was less than half the
current human population, and I posed the question... how are we going to
decide which half lives, who gets to reproduce?
IMO, to advance a struggle against destruction of the environment, to
protect living and mineral resources, we really have to oppose anything that
can be taken as Malthusian.
Rational, social control of resources, the use of resources for...use, not
value accumulation-- actual increased economic development through
socialism, not austerity or depletion based agitation for reform,
represents the best course forward.
In that regard, in response to Barry's posting, I would like to point out
that nothing in North Korea's economic predicament is due to
"over-population." The destructive practices and policies were not "locust
swarm" policies based on sudden increases and appearances of surplus mouths
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