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REPOSTED: Climate Change, Limits to Growth, and the Imperative for Socialism

MINQI LI—The technical requirements for climate stabilization are clear. The global energy infrastructure needs to be fundamentally transformed to be based on renewables. Much of the world’s economic infrastructure will have to be changed accordingly. Agriculture will need to be reorganized to follow sustainable principles and to be freed from dependence on fossil fuels for fertilizers and machinery. The entire transportation system will have to be re-built, with railways and public transportation operated by renewable electricity playing prominent roles. The scale of the world economy will need to be reduced in accordance with the emissions reduction objectives. All of these need to be accomplished without undermining the basic needs of the world’s population.

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Fact-Checking the Establishment’s “Fact-Checkers” : How the “fake news” story is fake news

MAX PARRY—In her memoir, Hillary Clinton made it clear what constitutes fake news — the release of her emails and transcripts of speeches revealing her corruption and subservience to Wall Street. WikiLeaks’ reporting was never impugned, however, therefore what constitutes “fake news” is actually real news or anything that threatens those in power. Instead of encouraging media literacy, the working class is regarded with utter disdain by the establishment who have made clear they must control what the public is allowed to see because they can no longer be trusted to make the correct decision, i.e. vote for the candidate favored by the military-intelligence apparatus.

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Michael Parenti: Marxism & the Crisis in Eastern Europe (1990)

Our Hidden History: Published on Nov 4, 2016 / Lecture on Marxism & Capitalism
Michael Parenti is a brilliant orator and one of this country’s foremost independent political analysts. He has taught at major colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of numerous books including ‘Democracy for the Few’, ‘The Face of Imperialism’ and ‘The Assassination of Julius Caesar’.

Recorded in Northridge, CA on April 04, 1990.

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Value Isn’t Everything—(insights from Marxian ecology)

For Marx, the narrow pursuit of value-based accumulation, through the “robbery” of the earth itself, at the expense of “eternal natural necessity,” generated a metabolic rift in the relation between human society and the larger natural world of which it was an emergent part.8Coupled with the related class contradictions of capitalism, these conditions pointed to the need for the expropriation of the expropriators.

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