The Earth Wind and Fire issue of Jacobin is an environmentalism from the standpoint of the Progressive State. Economic growth is given and natural, it happens, social forces can slow it down or it can be accelerated. Nature on the other hand, bereft of value bearing physis, is a curious mix of a sum of … Continue reading Think Big Socialism and the spectre of degrowth: From one materialism to another (part II)
by Eric Pineault A fascinating aspect of Jacobin's Earth Wind and Fire issue is the obsessive “presence of the absence" of Degrowth, of limits and the critique of scale. When mentioned, Degrowth is evoked to further convince the reader of the necessity and reasonableness of green Keynesianism and accelerated centrally planned solar communism. Writing after several … Continue reading Think Big Socialism and the Spectre of Degrowth: The Ghost of Progress (Part I)
by Amber Huff, Salima Tasdemir, and Patrick Huff Today is a National Day of Action to #DefendAfrin, a city in Northern Syria (Rojava) which has been the center of both a brutal war and a remarkable and radical democratic experiment. This international call for solidarity seeks to continue to bring attention to the high stakes in … Continue reading Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy
On the occasion of world water day, this opinion piece critically reflects on the recent resurgence of the “water wars” narrative in policy and media circles and questions its timing, purpose and the evidence on which it is based. There is a recent and worrying trend towards a renewed “water wars” narrative in some policy … Continue reading Why are water wars back on the agenda? And why we think it’s a bad idea!
by Robert Fletcher, Asunción Blanco-Romero, Macià Blázquez-Salom and Ivan Murray "Touristification" of cities is increasingly met by discontent of local communities deprived of their places: overtourism is a real issue and we must face the challenge of rethinking and remaking one of the world's biggest industries. The time has come to start talking seriously about how to bring … Continue reading Tourism and Degrowth: Impossibility Theorem or Path to Post-Capitalism?
by Félix Talego and Juan Diego Pérez On February 4, 1888, a demonstration called by the “League Against Calcinations” to protest against acid rain ended up with a massacre of civilians by the Spanish army. Researchers Félix Talego and Juan Diego Pérez argue that the commemoration of this event is an opportunity to spread the … Continue reading “Down with the fumes!” The Year of the Shootings and its relevance for mining today
by Felipe Milanez The premier of the movie Ex-Shaman by Luiz Bolognesi at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival becomes the occasion for spreading a manifesto by Indigenous People of Brazil denouncing racism, violence and the loss of traditional knowledge: Shamans must exist and be respected, before it is too late, the world is devoid … Continue reading More Shamans, less intolerance! An Indigenous Manifesto at Berlin Film Festival
by Emanuele Leonardi Do we really need to choose either infinite (if alternative) growth or a steady-state economy? What if we may opt for shrinking entropic/industrial sectors and allowing for negentropic labor to freely flourish? Editors’ note: This is the third in a series of ENTITLE blog articles that critically engage with the ongoing discussions … Continue reading Reframing the Left Eco-Modernism vs. Orthodox Eco-Socialism Debate, or: Assessing the Transformation of the Value-Nature Nexus
by Melanie DuPuis Current environmental policy textbooks are all stuck in a liberal narrative of environmental progress through political consent. But that era is over, and it has been for a while. What is missing from these narratives are concepts to explain now. Every year, I teach a course on Environmental Policy and, like many … Continue reading Trump has made our current environmental policy textbooks obsolete
by Stefania Barca The answers to the climate crisis and to an ecological socialism must be searched for, not in ecomodernism, but in the intersection of ecological, feminist, and socialist perspectives. Editors' note: This is the second in a series of ENTITLE blog articles that critically engage with the ongoing discussions about "eco-modernist socialism" and … Continue reading The Jacobin’s eco-modernist dilemma