GST Original Articles

By Don Fitz / 09 May 2020
Can We Simultaneously Oppose Bayer/Monsanto’s Biotechnology and Support Cuba’s Interferon Alpha 2B? By Don Fitz Genetically engineered crops are a form of food imperialism. This technology allows mega-corporations like Bayer/Monsanto to patent seeds, lure farmers into buying them with visions of high yields, and then destroy the ability of small farmers to survive. Genetic engineering produces an artificial combination of plant traits which often results in... Read more
By Katie Singer / 03 May 2020
Inside view of a data center. Photo credit: https://secure.fatcow.com/images/data-center-photos/new/SecureWebServer.jpg Behind the Screens: The True Costs of Internet Access by Katie Singer Several years ago, I started wondering about the Internet's energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, toxic waste and worker hazards. Nearly every day since then, I've learned something else about the true costs behind our screens, about what it really takes to send an email or stream a... Read more
By Brian Tokar / 29 April 2020
With nearly everyone trapped at home for the fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day, Michael Moore released a film that picks apart the US environmental movement as it may have looked ten years ago, and then misleadingly presents it as breaking news. That may be the most generous possible description of what “Planet of the Humans” offers. The award-winning environmental filmmaker Josh Fox called it irresponsible, “amateurish and puerile,” climatologist Michael Mann said it was filled with... Read more
By Stan Cox and Ezra Silk / 18 April 2020
For weeks, pandemic-induced overbuying has resulted in shortages of staple foods and sanitation products. With their shelves stripped, supermarkets are donating much less to food banks just as those services are being overwhelmed by a surge of newly jobless clients. Disinfectant wipes are selling for extortionate prices online — if they are available at all. Now, with COVID-19 outbreaks having shut down meatpacking plants across the country, concern is growing that the coronavirus could... Read more

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By Richard Heinberg / 28 April 2020
I really want to end on a hopeful note, so here goes. It doesn’t have to be this way. We’re perfectly capable of increasing our happiness without piling on more environmental harms. Tired old promises about green growth won’t get us there. What we need instead is a collective change of heart and mind that leads to fundamental shifts in institutions and norms, prioritizing well-being and life... Read more
By E. P. Thompson / 26 April 2020
On St. George's Day, we republish E. P. Thompson's essay on the life and politics of William Morris – an English revolutionary and the greatest moral critic of capitalism of his age.
By David Harvey / 26 April 2020
For this reason, technological dynamism is embedded within the heart of a capitalist society. Marx recognized this from the Communist Manifesto (written in 1848) onward. This is one of the prime forces that explains the permanently revolutionary character of capitalism
By Javier Blas / 26 April 2020
Noam Chomsky has long advised leftists to read the business press closely, to better understand what social elites want each other to know.  This article, originally from Bloomberg News, explains how demand for oil has fallen by 30-35% globally, and that production and refining are beginning to shut down. US oil companies attempt to play the ‘jobs’ card to lobby for bailouts, but this article... Read more
By Ed Rampell / 25 April 2020
He says that, when President Barack Obama announced a “trillion dollar green energy” initiative, “things were looking up.” But Planet looks into and behind the scenes of what happened to that purported push for alternative energy, asking: “Is it possible for industrial machines to save us from industrial machines?” Along with Green Illusions author Ozzie Zehner, a Planet producer and interviewee... Read more
By Nathan Donley / 25 April 2020
Pronounced EYE-sox-Ah-FLUTE-ole, isoxaflutole is a highly toxic pesticide the EPA has linked to cancer and liver damage. And much like dicamba, it's well-known for its ability to drift more than a thousand feet from where it's sprayed, creating potential for broad, unintended damage to nearby crops, backyard gardens and native plants.
By Emilio Caja & Leonie Hoffmann / 22 April 2020
With millions of people put out of work, analysts across the political spectrum have proclaimed that the time has come for an Unconditional Basic Income. But this safety net won’t be enough unless we take on the biggest problem we face — an economic model based on high rents and high personal debts.

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