Sean Cumming explores how governments have responded to the pandemic, explaining how states’ strategies reflect their place in the global capitalist system of production, and argues that keeping people safe from pandemics like Covid-19 can only be prioritized in a system that puts people and our environment before profit.
Virginia Rodino looks at the destructive environmental legacy Trump leaves behind, arguing that Biden and the Democratic Party’s structural entanglements with the fossil fuel industry means they will not be able to address the climate crisis—unless pushed by the movements from below.
The coronavirus pandemic has precipitated the biggest crisis in decades and has intensified the pre-existing fault lines of capitalism. At the most basic level it poses a choice: defend profits or save lives. Governments around the world have prioritized the former. The crisis of climate change is no different. How the left organizes now, to… Continue reading Capitalism in Crisis: Coronavirus, Climate Change, and the Socialist Response. Mike Davis and Joseph Choonara May 9th
Marx21's Australian sibling organization Solidarity shares an update on the catastrophic and climate-change driven fires engulfing the country. Double the area of the 2019 Amazon fires burnt. Apocalyptic scenes as skies turned red and smoke turned day into night. Thousands stranded in coastal holiday areas. Cities blanketed by smoke, producing some of the worst air… Continue reading Climate emergency as Australia hit by unprecedented fires
October 7 marked the beginning of the “Extinction Rebellion’s” week of revolt. Activists around the world put their bodies on the line to draw attention to government inaction and capitalism’s culpability in the ongoing climate crisis. The movement has arisen in response to mounting evidence, especially over the past year, that the depth and timetable… Continue reading Eyewitness report • A view from inside the Extinction Rebellion
While the clean-up from Hurricane Dorian’s devastation is still underway in the Bahamas, world leaders are set to meet in New York during the last week of September to discuss plans for meeting climate goals. Fed up with their inability to solve the world’s climate crisis, students and workers across the globe are hitting back… Continue reading Students and workers strike for climate action
Crisis, economic and otherwise Typically, we think of capitalism’s crises as economic, but of course, they can also be environmental. As the ecologist Jason Moore’s work has shown, our epoch’s crisis is not the first time a regime of capital accumulation has run up against environmental limits and has been forced to adjust itself accordingly.… Continue reading The climate crisis & socialist strategy