[Marxism] Fwd: Water, Capitalism and Catastrophism » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 17 08:42:50 MDT 2015

Two films concerned with water and environmental activism arrive in New 
York this week. “Groundswell Rising”, which premieres at the Maysles 
Theater in Harlem today, is about the struggle to safeguard lakes and 
rivers from fracking while “Revolution”, which opens at the Cinema 
Village next Wednesday, documents the impact of global warming on the 
oceans. Taking the holistic view, one can understand how some of the 
most basic conditions of life are threatened by a basic contradiction. 
Civilization, the quintessential expression of Enlightenment values that 
relies on ever-expanding energy, threatens to reduce humanity to 
barbarism if not extinction through exactly such energy production.

This challenge not only faces those of us now living under capitalism 
but our descendants who will be living under a more rational system. No 
matter the way in which goods and services are produced, for profit or 
on the basis of human need, humanity is faced with ecological 
constraints that must be overcome otherwise we will be subject to a 
Sixth Extinction. Under capitalism, Sixth Extinction is guaranteed. 
Under socialism, survival is possible but only as a result of a radical 
transformation of how society is organized, something that Marx alluded 
to in the Communist Manifesto when he called for a “gradual abolition of 
all the distinction between town and country by a more equable 
distribution of the populace over the country.”


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