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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 04:07 PM

On the fall of capitalism, from counter-punch

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/09/20/the-waning-of-the-modern-ages/

And the last paragraph:
"In a word, its number is up, and it is our fortune or misfortune, as I said before, to be living during a time of very large, and very difficult, transition. An old way of life dies, a new one eventually comes into being. Of this, the poet Mark Strand remarks: “No need to rush; the end of the world is only the end of the world as you know it.” For some odd reason, I find that thought rather comforting."

Morris Berman’s latest book is Why America Failed.

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AnotherDreamWeaver Sep 2012 OP
hifiguy Sep 2012 #1
Speck Tater Sep 2012 #2
HiPointDem Sep 2012 #5
PowerToThePeople Sep 2012 #3
AnotherDreamWeaver Sep 2012 #4

Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 04:12 PM

1. Morris Berman is a very smart guy and

his books are well worth reading.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 05:12 PM

2. "The Right gets it and the Left doesn't."

 

I was musing on these issues some time ago when I happened to run across a remarkable essay by Naomi Klein, the author of The Shock Doctrine. It was called “Capitalism vs. the Climate,” and was published last November in The Nation. In what appears to be something of a radical shift for her, she chastises the Left for not understanding what the Right does correctly perceive: that the whole climate change debate is a serious threat to capitalism. The Left, she says, wants to soft-pedal the implications; it wants to say that environmental protection is compatible with economic growth, that it is not a threat to capital or labor. It wants to get everyone to buy a hybrid car, for example (which I have personally compared to diet cheesecake), or use more efficient light bulbs, or recycle, as if these things were adequate to the crisis at hand. But the Right is not fooled: it sees Green as a Trojan horse for Red, the attempt “to abolish capitalism and replace it with some kind of eco-socialism.” It believes—correctly—that the politics of global warming is inevitably an attack on the American Dream, on the whole capitalist structure.

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 03:26 AM

5. an economy requiring infinite growth can't survive on a finite territory. which is why the big boys

 

are trying to get a lock on everything & impoverish everyone else.

then the rest of us will be working on their urban farms for peanuts while they live in their skyscrapers running things.

they'll call it 'socialism'.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 05:19 PM

3. printed to read the whole thing

Very good by the looks of it. Thanks for the link.

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Response to PowerToThePeople (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 12:36 AM

4. You're welcome.

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