[Marxism] Is China a model for a New Green Deal? | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 20 15:40:39 MST 2019

On January 14th, Dean Baker wrote an article for Truthout titled “The 
Green New Deal Is Happening in China” that poses important questions for 
the left. Since the article is focused exclusively on reducing 
greenhouse gases to the exclusion of any other “green” problem areas, 
can we assume that climate change is the be-all and end-all of the 
environmentalist left? It also leads to the broader question of China’s 
relevance to the left. If it is in the vanguard of the fight against 
climate change, then can we conclude that Xi Jinping might be 
legitimately described as socialist? As the American democratic 
socialist left has committed considerable energy behind the call for a 
Green New Deal, can we look at the Communist Party in China as an ally 
of the left?


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