GST Original Articles

By Stan Cox / 10 December 2016
On December 5, former vice president Al Gore met with Donald and Ivanka Trump in an effort to convince the president-elect that he should not gut federal policies and agreements dealing with climate change. Three days later, actor Leonardo DiCaprio also paid the Trump duo a visit, urging them to help build a green, climate-friendly economy with lots of jobs. The two men could not have done less to prevent climate catastrophe if they had flown up to Alaska together and asked the glaciers to... Read more
By Kim Scipes / 04 December 2016
“Houston, we’ve had a problem here”:  A Bold, “Outside of the Box” Suggestion for Addressing Climate Change and other Forms of Environmental Destruction By Kim Scipes During the Apollo 13 space flight in 1970, US astronaut Jack Swigert spoke to the command center in Houston, Texas, indicating a “slight problem” for the three astronauts—actually their lives were in jeopardy—and although changed somewhat for a movie, it is used here as an understated response to a severe situation.  It is... Read more
By Kim Scipes / 09 November 2016
Reviewed by Kim Scipes. Ian Angus’ book tries to do three things:  (1) establish the reality that we’re in a completely new geologic time period (the Anthropocene), and argues that this means that activities of human beings threaten the continued existence of life on this planet; (2) demonstrate that these changes have been brought about by capitalism, and therefore, cannot be solved by capitalism; and (3) suggest strategies for social change to address these first two issues.  Let’s discuss... Read more
By Stan Cox / 22 September 2016
As global warming has surged this year, so too has America's ambition for heroic climate action. Politicians, economists, and activists have been looking to America's astonishing mobilization for World War II as a model for victory in the twenty-first century's great climate emergency. This spring, Senator Bernie Sanders called for a World War II-scale climate mobilization at the CNN presidential debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In July, the Democratic Party included in its campaign platform... Read more

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Schools are still shills for our collective addiction to belief in technological fixes as a decent approach to addressing climate change issues. That’s one reason to home school, among many. But my informal survey of home schooling parents nationwide has revealed that virtually no one is teaching youth that only a no-growth vision of economics can possibly give us a shot at planetary survival.... Read more
By Christopher Ketcham / 16 July 2017
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By Micco Caporale / 14 July 2017
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By Ugo Bardi / 13 July 2017
For a long time, hats were oversized and expensive status symbols more than tools for protecting people’s heads. During the past half century or so, they have nearly disappeared. A similar destiny may befall on private cars, also oversized and expensive status symbols rather than tools for transporting people. With the disappearance of cars, we may see hats coming back. If you look at... Read more
By Steven Gorelick / 12 July 2017
Steven Gorelick contemplates the role that planned obsolescence plays in the promotion of consumerism, and it's ecological effects.
By John Bellamy Foster / 10 July 2017
John Bellamy Foster informs us that Trump's political vision is not populism, but actually neofascism.
By C.J. Polychroniou / 10 July 2017
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