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Ecosocialism

I’m a socialist. There I said it. I’m a socialist.

But wait a minute. You’re not supposed to admit to being a socialist these days. Socialism is dead. It’s in the past, like dinosaurs and glam rock. The free market has won the day. The end of history. We’re all happy consumers now. Capitalism rules.

And yet... I wonder. Look at what’s happening out there in the big wide world.

Grinding poverty, war, nuclear proliferation, AIDS – not to mention climate change and its terrifying consequences. Yet, we are told, there is no other way.

Except there has to be. It’s hardly rocket science to figure out that the earth has finite resources. That things just CAN’T go on as they are. That there really HAS to be another way.

But there is another way.

Socialism with a green agenda. Eco-socialism.

Combining socialism – society based on need instead of profit – with a reverence for the earth and its precious resources.
There you go. Sorted.

All I have to do now is convince everyone else...

Here's a few links you might find useful:

The obligatory Wikipedia entry on ecosocialism

Leading ecosocialist, Joel Kovel, on 'Why Ecosocialism Today'

And the Ecosocialist Manifesto

Ecosocialist International Network

Derek Wall's blog

Patrick Bond's writing

Green Left Weekly

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