How much more blah, blah, blah?

This video, on Dave Borlace’s Youtube channel, ‘Just Have a Think’, provides a very good deconstruction of the “blah, blah, blah” reality of the resolutions coming out of COP26 (the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference).

However, Borlace’s exposé stands in stark contrast to his political conclusion.

After outlining in detail how the global powers and their major monopolies are the biggest barrier to overcoming the climate crisis, he then concludes by claiming that not all hope is lost: all that is required is that we make better, greener choices as individuals “in our own lives”, whilst putting “relentless pressure on our political and business leaders” to make the urgent changes.

The same leaders, he explains just moments before, who have shown time after time (including at this conference), they have no intention of doing what is necessary to avert catastrophic ecological collapse. They are the puppets of the multi-national corporations and the upper echelons of the capitalist class who make most of the big decisions which affect our lives in the interests of maximising their profits and capital accumulation.

So now COP27 next year in Egypt will become the new “most important conference in human history” and the new “last chance”. In reality, just like all the COPs that have come before, it too will fall far short of what is required.

Only as masses of people start to wake up to the reality that decisions about production, distribution and exchange must be taken out of private hands as part of an international planned response, resulting from new, more democratic institutions of working-class governance, will humanity have the possibility of averting catastrophic ecological and social collapse.

What is urgently required is the creation of a political movement—a revolutionary party—committed to breaking the resistance of the capitalist rulers and their state apparatus and beginning to implement the urgently necessary social transformation our future depends on.


Global warming: planning not pricing

Excellent analysis by Michael Roberts explaining why the “carbon pricing” that is offered within the capitalist framework as the solution to ecological collapse is a deadend.

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Carbon pricing and carbon taxes are now proposed by international institutions and mainstream economics as the main solutions to ending global warming and destructive climate change.  For some time, the IMF has been pushing for carbon pricing as ‘a necessary if not sufficient’ part of a climate policy package that also includes investment in ‘green technology’ and redistribution of income to help the worst-off cope with the financial burden.  The IMF is now proposing a global minimum carbon price — along the lines of the global minimum floor on corporate taxes which has recently secured agreement.

At the recent meeting of the G20 finance ministers, carbon pricing was endorsed as one of “a wide set of tools” to tackle climate change. Speaking at the Venice International Conference on Climate, Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, also underscored the need for carbon pricing, emphasising the importance of an

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Liberals only too aware of the danger of ecological collapse but no coherent solution

The liberal web site theconversation.com just posted an article about just how bad they consider the situation to be. I might disagree with some details but the overall picture seems accurate enough.

Worried about Earth’s future? Well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp (theconversation.com)

Their vision about what to do is well-meaning and touches on some important aspects of reality but is ultimately undone by its refusal to grasp the nettle of confronting the inherent nature of capitalism and the logical conclusion that it must be overthrown as a social system if we are to avoid catastrophic collapse.

Fundamental change is required to avoid this ghastly future. Specifically, we and many others suggest:

abolishing the goal of perpetual economic growth

– revealing the true cost of products and activities by forcing those who damage the environment to pay for its restoration, such as through carbon pricing

– rapidly eliminating fossil fuels

– regulating markets by curtailing monopolisation and limiting undue corporate influence on policy

– reigning in corporate lobbying of political representatives

– educating and empowering women across the globe, including giving them control over family planning.

This seems to imply that “the goal of perpetual growth” is simply a policy choice for capitalism as opposed to understanding that it is an inherent requirement of the social system.

I am left wondering who is going to force those who damage the environment to pay for its restoration? Surely if anyone was in a position to “force” big capital to do this then why not simply stop them from causing the damage in the first place by taking them out of private ownership?

So it is only “undue” corporate influence that should be “limited”? And corporate lobbying of political representatives should be “reigned in”? How about we end these altogether?

This is just another rehashing of the futile fantasy of a “Green New Deal” style reform of capitalism to effectively not be capitalism anymore. Good luck with that.

The truth is that the chase for infinite growth and profit maximisation/capital accumulation are at the very core of the social relations known as capitalism. The processes of production, distribution and exchange have to be taken out of private hands if humanity is to have any chance of averting the catastrophic ecological (and associated social) collapse which is otherwise coming.