LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 16.5

Help for SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE Archives


SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE Archives

SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE Archives


SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE@LIST.UVM.EDU


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Monospaced Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE Home

SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE Home

SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE  February 2007

SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE February 2007

Subject:

Re: Mitchel's Marxism & the Environment talk now on-line

From:

Mitchel Cohen <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Science for the People Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 14:21:51 -0500

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (206 lines)

The last word on Marxism and Ecology, Louis Proyect, has written:

>Amazing. Not a single reference to John Bellamy
>Foster, Paul Burkett, James O'Connor or Mike Davis.
>What chutzpah.


Let me give some examples of positions taken by
many Marxist groups in our recent history, positions that have hurt the Left:

- U.S. communist parties endorsed nuclear power
plants in the 1960s, and so did not join the
anti-nuke movements that came to a head in the late 1970s.

- they also endorsed fluoridation of drinking
water, believing the government’s assurances and
as a result never realizing that fluoridation was
actually a means for the burgeoning aluminum
industry to get rid of its waste products in the
1940s and 50s by dumping them into the nation’s water supply;

- they endorsed mass vaccination of children for
diseases that children in societies like ours
SHOULD get, we WANT them to get so that they
don’t get these diseases as adults where they are
far more dangerous ­ diseases such as chicken
pox, measles, mumps, etc. Of course, this
requires that they have access to healthy food,
clean water and adequate sanitation; otherwise
children in impoverished or colonized countries
would be victimized by these diseases. Measles,
for instance, is among the top killers of young
children in the so-called “Third World”;

- the Communist parties also endorsed mass
spraying of pesticides and over-application of antibiotics;

- they continue to endorse the torture of animals
by cosmetic companies like Gillette under the
guise of “scientific research,” and refuse to
hear, let alone heed, the wide-scale protests of
young people involved in animal rights struggles,
ruling them out as part of the Left;

- and they even uphold genetic engineering ­
rationalizing it, as they did with the
Rockefeller-sponsored Green Revolution, as a
technological means for ending world hunger! –
yea, right! ­ instead of examining the real causes of hunger to begin with.

In the early 1990s I was organizing with ACT-UP
in New York City. Despite my pleadings with
members of Marxist organizations, very few of
them would get involved with this gay-organized
but not exclusive organization, perhaps the most
dynamic and large group in recent City history.

Which leads directly to the movement for
universal health care ­ or, should we call it,
“Subsidize the Pharmaceutical Industry” cult.

We need to call for free universal health care ­
of course! BUT we also need to engage in a
continent-wide discussion of what that health
care should consist of, instead of the factory
model of healthcare that the Left promotes today!
Where is that discussion, the understanding that
free universal health care is by itself not
enough and may even be counterproductive when not
combined with those contextual demands, such as
access to acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropracty,
nutrition, and herbology? How about a movement to
de-toxify the environment of the pollutants
dumped there by industry which is causing us to be sick to begin with?

Why are there 3 times as many episiotomies
performed on women in the U.S. than in Europe,
percentage-wise? Is it that women in the U.S. are
genetically inferior to those elsewhere in the
world, or that they just don’t know how to give
birth properly? Obviously, that’s not the case;
but I’m sure some enterprising corporation will
soon try to market genetic implants to “correct”
that “defect.” In reality, it’s the ridiculous
on-your-back feet-in-stirrups position ­ the
standard operating position in the U.S. hospitals
­ that is the cause of the higher percentage here
of difficult births. Yet doctors insist on that
position because it is more convenient for them
and for connecting all the technological gadgetry
that now is part and parcel of giving birth in this country.

In Cuba, women squat in a sort-of rocking chair
with the bottom removed and rock the baby out, a
traditional method that generates a much lower need for C-sections.

Similarly with hysterectomies ­ in the U.S. the
removal of the uterus is performed at a rate that
is at least double that of other industrialized
countries. WHY AREN’T THESE AND SIMILAR ISSUES
BEING RAISED BY THE LEFT as part of the demands
for Universal Health coverage? Why doesn’t the
Left address widespread concerns over what that
coverage should consist of, instead of leaving
that to the so-called capitalist-trained
“experts”? Increasingly, the choice is the
Capitalist system vs. the Immune system. The left
needs to stand on the side of the Immune system ­ don’t you agree?

* * *
And, on stem cells:

Some leftists believe that the primary struggle
today is between science and theocracy. So when
George Bush steps forward to ban stem cell
research, they ally with the Democratic Party and
the capitalist intelligentsia and argue for
underwriting with public funds billions of
dollars in stem cell research by giant biotech pharmaceutical corporations.

Bush has threatened to ban this research for
theocratic reasons. Yes, the theocracy must be
stopped. But does this mean that the reverse is
true, that this new technology will cure the
diseases we face today? Is it the proper way to
proceed to address those diseases?

Since Richard Nixon declared the "war on cancer"
in 1971 -- that's Nixon, mind you, now known
fondly as the "environmental president"(!) --
childhood cancers have increased 26 percent
overall. Rates of some specific cancers have
increased even more dramatically: acute
lymphocyte leukemia by 62 percent, brain cancer
by 50 percent, and bone cancer by 40 percent.(1)
Increased exposure to pesticides is seen as the
main reason for this cancer explosion in
children, NOT faulty genes. A growing number of
scientists see pesticides, diet sodas
(particularly aspartame) and cellphone towers as
related to MS, Parkinson's and other neurological
and immune compromising diseases, and genetically
engineered hi-fructose corn syrup to diabetes and overweight youth.

But of course neither the Left nor the government
nor the corporations involved will address those
diseases from that perspective.

What's often forgotten in this debate is that not
only are the biotech companies eagerly seeking
patents for any new products or processes (that
is, privatizing them), but there's no discussion
in this frenzy (Are you for or against it?) of
the underlying causes of disease that stem cells
are allegedly being developed to treat. Stem Cell
proponents, including (unfortunately) a number of
prominent Marxists, in effect are buying into the
dominant corporate ideology that disease is
caused by an individual's faulty genetics. Gene
therapies, cloning, and stem cell experimentation
are patentable, and thus lucrative. Ending
chemical pollution, pesticides, etc. -- the real causes of disease -- are not.

Thus, the alternative to Bush's ban actually
rewards billions of tax dollars to the same
companies that are polluting the environment and
causing these diseases to begin with, to "cure"
the very diseases that their activities have created.

Stem Cell developments should also require a much
fuller discussion on this and other leftist
listserves of the slippery slope of genetic
cloning and organ cloning, and even animal and
human cloning. How can we stop this profit making
juggernaut once the Left has bought into the
Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies' framework?

The recent Food and Drug Administration's ruling
to allow the sale of meat and dairy from cloned
animals follows an intersecting track, in the
name of "Progress." One would have to be deaf
dumb and blind not to see the direction the stem
cell industry is moving in, with the ­ Left's blessings.

The approach that the Left is taking is kind of
like helping the ice to melt at the north pole so
that we can help the oil companies find new
shipping routes and enhanced opportunities for
oil drilling in the arctic as the ice cap melts.
According to Walter Gibbs in his July 11, 2000
Pre-Bush New York Times article Research Predicts
Summer Doom for Northern Icecap: "While an
ice-free Arctic Ocean would most likely disrupt
the global environment, researchers said, it
could have positive economic aspects. It could
shorten shipping routes, for example, and expand
the range of offshore oil drillers". A true
visionary for our times. That's the kind of
reductionist thinking we're stuck in.

___________________
1) Dr. Samuel Epstein, M.D., and Dr. Quentin
Young, M.D., as quoted in Pesticides and You v.22 no.2, Summer 2002.

http://stangoff.com/?p=467

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

Advanced Options


Options

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password


Search Archives

Search Archives


Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe


Archives

August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
May 2001
March 2001
February 2001
January 2001
December 2000
November 2000
October 2000
September 2000
August 2000
July 2000
May 2000
April 2000
March 2000
February 2000
January 2000
December 1999
November 1999
October 1999
September 1999
August 1999
July 1999
June 1999
May 1999
April 1999
March 1999
February 1999
January 1999
December 1998
November 1998
September 1998
August 1998
July 1998
June 1998
May 1998

ATOM RSS1 RSS2



LIST.UVM.EDU

CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager