Video: The Impact of Robots: Abundance and the Need for Radical Structural Reform

1 September 2013 — Solidarity Economy

Marx anticipated the problem as capitalism’s systemic crisis, the growth in the ‘organic composition of capital’ (machines) in an inverse relation to ‘living labor’ (jobs). The way out, in the shorter run, is a social wage combined with shorter hours, and in the longer run, socialism on the path to a classless society. McAfee here sees the problem, if not the full solution. – Carl Davidson

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Bee Deaths: US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Slapped with Lawsuit By Dr Joseph Mercola

12 May 2013 — mercola.com

GMO Agriculture and Chemical Pesticides are Killing the Bees

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a lawsuit against the agency, filed by beekeepers and environmental groups. Said Paul Towers, spokesperson for the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), one of the groups involved in the lawsuit:

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Michael Lebowitz: Socialism for the 21st century — re-inventing and renewing the struggle

9 January 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

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[The following presentation was delivered to launch La Alternativa Socialista, the Chilean edition of The Socialist Alternative, in Concepcion, Santiago and Valparaiso, November 2012.]

By Michael A. Lebowitz

Every <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialist in the 21st century should try to answer two questions.

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The “Lone Gunman” of Kandahar Province? "The Dehumanization of the Enemy" Engrained in the Behavior of US Soldiers… By Andy Dilks

14 March 2012 — Global Research

The official line for the atrocity carried out in Kandahar has now been clearly established: a US soldier went off base alone in the night and proceeded to kill 16 civilians in a nearby village before setting fire to the bodies. Condemned as “intentional murderers” by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the US government has announced the obligatory “rapid and thorough” investigation. Tensions were already inflamed over the burning of the Quran by American soldiers, and following on from the revelation of “kill teams” collecting body parts as “trophies” and the leaked footage of troops urinating on dead Afghans, there is much concern that the latest atrocity will escalate tensions and stretch even thinner an already fragile relationship between the occupying US Army and the local population.

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The “Lone Gunman” of Kandahar Province? “The Dehumanization of the Enemy” Engrained in the Behavior of US Soldiers… By Andy Dilks

14 March 2012 — Global Research

The official line for the atrocity carried out in Kandahar has now been clearly established: a US soldier went off base alone in the night and proceeded to kill 16 civilians in a nearby village before setting fire to the bodies. Condemned as “intentional murderers” by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the US government has announced the obligatory “rapid and thorough” investigation. Tensions were already inflamed over the burning of the Quran by American soldiers, and following on from the revelation of “kill teams” collecting body parts as “trophies” and the leaked footage of troops urinating on dead Afghans, there is much concern that the latest atrocity will escalate tensions and stretch even thinner an already fragile relationship between the occupying US Army and the local population.

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Video: Monsanto / GM: The Hidden Email the White House Hopes to Keep Under Wraps By Dr. Mercola

012 — Dr. Mercola

  • Americans are finally waking up to the reality of genetically engineered food—what it is, and its many dangers to human health and the environment.
  • Genetically engineered (GE) foods are also known as genetically modified (GM), or as genetically modified organisms (GMO).
  • In the video below, activist Adam Eidinger proposes a GMO shareholder resolution at Monsanto’s 2012 annual shareholder meeting.   
  • He tries to make the board and shareholders more aware of the dangers of Monsanto’s pesticides and GMOs, the company’s questionable practices, and the growing consumer backlash.

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Video Intermission: Occupy Is NOT An Obama Reelection Campaign

21 October 2011 — Wild-Wild Left

Stephen C. Webster writing at RawStory notes that ‘Speaking to a ‘We Are Change’ activist at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ this week, political hip-hop artist Immortal Technique threw down the gauntlet to those in the media who characterize the anti-corruption movement as a partisan affair, suggesting that the 99 Percent are willing to ‘sacrifice’ President Barack Obama’s second term if it would send a message powerful enough to spark change.’

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Cuba: Gardening its Way Out of Crisis

14 August, 2009 — Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Sunlight brightens the paved streets and historic buildings of Havana, Cuba, bouncing off the tents of vendors and the tin drums of a street band. Once stricken by poverty and inequality, the city has slowly blossomed as a result of the bustling enterprise of urban agriculture. Between buildings and behind street walls, in every green space available, locals have cultivated crops, utilizing the techniques of sustainable urban farming. After years of isolation from the United States and the former Soviet Union, Cuba has independently fostered development of urban agriculture and now provides an environment of growth and structure for its economic, social and political policies.

Cuba is the only country in the world that has developed an extensive state-supported infrastructure to support urban food production. Functionally, this system was established in response to acute food shortages in the early 1990s, which occurred after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the island was forced to find an alternative manner of cultivating crops. Havana has established and expanded on this innovative model since this time, and it continues to lead the island nation in its quest for self-sufficiency. The increasing prevalence of urban agriculture benefits the economy, environment, community and health of Cuban citizens.

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Future farming: The call for a 50-year perspective on agriculture – an interview with Wes Jackson

2 February, 2009

Written by Robert Jensen

wes-jackson.jpgAs everyone scrambles for a solution to the crises in the nation’s economy, Wes Jackson suggests we look to nature’s economy for some of the answers. With everyone focused on a stimulus package in the short term, he counsels that we pay more attention to the soil over the long haul.

‘We live off of what comes out of the soil, not what’s in the bank,’ said Jackson, president of The Land Institute. ‘If we squander the ecological capital of the soil, the capital on paper won’t much matter.’

Jackson doesn’t minimize the threat of the current financial problems but argues that the new administration should consider a ‘50-year farm bill,’ which he and the writer/farmer Wendell Berry proposed in a New York Times op/ed earlier this month.

Central to such a bill would be soil. A plan for sustainable agriculture capable of producing healthful food has to come to solve the twin problems of soil erosion and contamination, said Jackson, who co-founded the research center in 1976 after leaving his job as an environmental studies professor at California State University-Sacramento.

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