GST Original Articles

By Stan Cox / 20 August 2018
The Guardian recently published an opinion piece by its economics editor in which he argued that capitalism can rescue civilization from the global climate emergency. Here is the full article, interrupted by my responses: Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks by Larry Elliott This summer’s heatwave has provided a glimpse of the future, and it is not a pretty one. On current trends, the years to come will see rising temperatures... Read more
By Thomas Ultican / 04 August 2018
Two central ideologies behind school-choice are markets always make superior decisions and the cost of having local control of schools is poor outcomes. Both ideas are demonstrably untrue, but big money and power politics keep them alive. In 2017, a national survey showed a dramatic drop in support for charter schools. A related Chalkbeat article said, The survey, conducted by the school choice-friendly journal Education Next, found that slightly more Americans support charter schools, 39... Read more
By R. Burke / 31 July 2018
In 1985 Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe published their ground breaking work Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. Coming at the beginning of the era of neoliberalism’s political and economic hegemony, the pair argued for a radical re-visioning of traditional left politics. This book attempted to integrate the politics of democratic socialism with insights derived from anti-colonial struggles, post-structuralism, and the new social movements addressing racism... Read more
By R. Burke / 31 July 2018
First off I want to apologize to my fellow Green Social Thought editorial board members for any misunderstandings caused by my use of the editorial ‘we’ in my previous article Why We Don’t Support Parecon. Since my name was the only one listed as author I did not stop to think that my poor choice of words would lead readers to think that I was speaking for the entire editorial board. I sincerely beg your pardon for this. The criticisms expressed in that article are mine alone. Second I would... Read more

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By David Graeber, Chris Brooks / 07 September 2018
Is your job pointless? Do you feel that your position could be eliminated and everything would continue on just fine? Maybe, you think, society would even be a little better off if your job never existed? If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then take solace. You are not alone. As much as half the work that the working population engages in every day could be considered pointless, says... Read more
By Bündnis Marxismus / 06 September 2018
Marxism and the liberation of animals are two things which, at first glance, do not seem to have much in common. Neither did the former make waves for being particularly animal-loving, nor are animal lovers known for taking up the cause of liberating the working class and the construction of a socialist society. Quite the opposite: Classical Marxism has little appeal to the predominantly... Read more
By Michael Colby / 05 September 2018
These are harrowing times for the nearly 1,500 migrant workers laboring on Vermont’s largest dairy farms. These farmworkers, predominantly from Mexico, are forced to live in the shadows, where their farm bosses harbor them in exchange for long hours, low wages, and cheap housing. It’s a human rights stain on the state, allowing these migrant workers to live and be treated this way. And it... Read more
By Nafeez Ahmed / 03 September 2018
Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet’s environmental resources. Climate change and species extinctions are accelerating even as societies are... Read more
By Rut Elliot Blomqvist / 03 September 2018
A systemic critique of 'luxury communism' & other recent techno-utopias, both liberal and nominally leftist ones, from the leading-edge Uneven Earth blog.
 
By Alycee Lane / 03 September 2018
Lately I’ve been struck by a picture of Melinda Tillies, a Louisiana homeowner recently featured in an article by Julie Dermansky in DeSmogBlog.* Tillies is standing in front of her house. In the background (not more than “25 feet away”) is a crane, its arm lifted, ready to plunge into the earth. Tillies looks into the camera. She appears at once angry, fed-up, resigned, and defiant.
By Stan Cox and Donald Worster / 31 August 2018
In environmental historian Donald Worster’s most recent book, Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance, he shows how the great windfall of land, resources, and ecological bounty (a "Second Earth") that greeted Europeans when they arrived in the New World five centuries ago dramatically altered the history not only of the Americas but of the entire world. In the book and... Read more

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