Gee, Michael, I thought the analysis in Monthly Review was
valuable right now. Isn't it relevant to expose and combat
the profit-grabbing "globalizers"? I bet you are active on
that front too, and as we struggle against the plutocrats
together, we may not be building socialism in 2008, but
neither are we betraying our dedication to environmentalism
--quite the reverse.
On Sat, 2 Aug 2008, Michael Balter wrote:
> Let me ask Phil this question: Let's assume that new energy technologies and
> "decarbonization" would spread much faster under socialism than under
> capitalism as this author suggests. What do we do while waiting for
> socialist revolutions in the most technologically advanced countries? How
> soon do people on this list think that might happen, given the widespread
> discrediting of socialism and Communism as a result of their disastrous
> distortions under the Soviet Union, China, etc? Does anyone here seriously
> think that the US will be a socialist country in the next 30-50 years?
> So while analyses such as these are interesting and perhaps even solidly
> correct, I wonder how much relevance they bear to the real world in which
> activitists have to operate. Should not those concerned about global warming
> advocate the use of new technologies and alternative energy sources no
> matter what system we are living under, even if they continue to advance a
> more humane and just model for social organization at the same time?