[Marxism] Class Struggle, Fossil Fuels, and Environmental Catastrophe

Joaquín Bustelo jbustelo at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 16:37:41 MDT 2008

Louis referred us to an article which says:

"The excavation of fossil fuels was a one-time bonanza: it provided
cheap energy that temporarily quadrupled the earth's carrying capacity
in terms of human population.  Instead of an ever tightening
immiseration of the working class and overthrow of the capitalist
system, as expected by Marx, the one-time gift of fossil fuels led to
a standoff between classes, in which rising profits were accompanied
by a population explosion and rising living standards for important
parts of the working class."

There isn't an environmental problem that couldn't easily by solved by
getting rid of 10% of the population, a few hundred million people,
namely and to wit, white people, the Europeans and their colonial
settler descendants in places like North America and Australia, as
well as their other-descended but nevertheless fully "white" (by
American standards) Japanese.

Nuke Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan and a couple of other places and
the problem would be solved. (A racist whites-only 100% mortality rate
epidemic would do just as well).

That's the real problem. A hundred Bolivian peasants don't do as much
harm to the environment as your average American family of four.

It is quite typical of imperialist socialists to discuss these issues
in terms like "important parts of the working class" without bothering
to tell us just who that might be. It is "Western" imperialist life
styles --including working class life styles-- that are unsustainable,
not humanity in general.

We don't need population control, we need consumption control.


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