A Return to Marx’s Ecological Critique By Simon Butler

9 April 2013 — Green Left Weekly

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Do oil spills make good economic sense? A witness called by Canadian firm Enbridge Inc. – which wants approval to build a $6.5-billion pipeline linking Alberta’s tar sands with the Pacific coast – told a recent hearing in British Columbia (BC) that the answer is yes. He said oil spills could benefit the economy, giving business new opportunities to make money cleaning it up. He told Fishers Union representatives that an oil spill in BC might indeed kill the local fishing industry, but their lost income would be replaced by compensation payouts and new career prospects, such as working for oil cleanup crews.

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Political life after the Communist Party By Kate Hudsen

31 January, 2013 — Left Unity

<img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-601″ style=”border-style: initial; border-color: initial; float: right; margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 15px; height: auto; max-width: 659px; border-width: 0px;” alt=”party” src=”http://leftunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/party.jpg” width=”198″ height=”255″ />In 1991, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Kate Hudson was one of the leaders of the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>left opposition within the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Communist Party of Great <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Britain that unsuccessfully attempted to prevent that organisation’s dissolution. Here she writes on political life after the Party. Continue reading

Democracy and the Communist Party By Aniket Alam

13 March 2010 — Left-Write

[Authored by an Indian comrade, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Aniket Alam, here’s yet another leftie source from which I grabbed this (long) piece on Democracy within the  (Indian, I assume) CP. WB]

This paper, rather preliminary note towards a full paper, attempts to look at the troubled history of democracy (both as a concept as well as a practice) and parties claiming affiliation to Marxism-Leninism. It tries to understand the historical paradox of parties and movements influenced by Marxism being among the more important contributors to democratising our world, but States ruled by parties owing allegiance to Marxism denying democratic rights to their own citizens. It then tries to identify some of the reasons for this large democratic deficit. Continue reading

The Left’s Crisis By Leo Panitch

15 August 2011 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 536

A common response of the left to the financial crisis that broke out in the USA in 2007-08 was often a kind of Michael Moore-type populist one: Why are you bailing the banks out? Let them go under. This kind of the response was, of course, utterly irresponsible, with no thought given to what would happen to the savings of workers, let alone to the paychecks deposited into their bank accounts, or even to the fact that what was at stake was the roofs over their heads.

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Video: The Return of Socialism

29 June, 2011

“One does not need to be a socialist to understand that socialism has been a part of this country’s journey from the start.” — John Nichols

On June 23, John Nichols, author of The “S” Word: : A Short History of an American Tradition … Socialism, joined Phil Gasper, author of The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History’s Most Important Political Document in Madison, WI for an event to discuss the history of socialism in America and its increasing popularity during today’s crisis of capitalism. The event was sponsored by the ISO, Haymarket Books, Verso Books, and WORT 89.9 FM Madison.

The Path to Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism?

What do we want?

1. What do we all want? We want to be all that we can be. And we want this not only for ourselves. We want our families and our loved ones to be able to develop all of their potential – that we all get what we need for our development. To each according to her need for development.

What do we need for our development?

2. There are two points, though, that we need to stress. First, if we are going to talk about the possibility of human development, we have to recognize that a precondition for that development is sufficient food, good health, education, and the opportunity to make decisions for ourselves. How can we possibly develop all our potential if we are hungry, in bad health, poorly educated, or dominated by others? Secondly, since we are not identical, what we need for our own self-development obviously differs for everyone.

A society that stresses the opportunity to develop our potential

3. The idea of a society that would allow for the full development of human potential has always been the goal of socialists. In his early draft of the Communist Manifesto, Friedrich Engels asked, “What is the aim of the Communists?” He answered, “To organize society in such a way that every member of it can develop and use all his capabilities and powers in complete freedom and without thereby infringing the basic conditions of this society.” Marx summed it all up in the final version of the Manifesto by saying that the goal is “an association, in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.” Our goal, in short, cannot be a society in which some people are able to develop their capabilities and others are not; we are interdependent, we are all members of a human family. The full development of all human potential is our goal.

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