Introducing The Ecosocialist

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By John Rice

The aim of The Ecosocialist is to be an “intersection set” of the various left and green movements, drawing on the energy and ideas of those who are interested in exploring and discussing the current ecological and social crises from a political perspective.

Why the necessity for so much politics? We believe that solving the world’s environmental and social problems, which are inextricably linked, will require a mobilisation of communities of such magnitude that it will necessarily be a political process. The dominant global business interests have, over the decades, created these problems we face, and they are not likely to readily adopt the necessary solutions. It will take concerted political pressure exercised by majorities around the world to bring about the needed changes. This will involve struggle against vested interests, powerful institutions and ways of doing business. Big capital has got us into this mess, and it’s primarily anti-capitalist solutions, we believe, that will extract us. Just what form these will take is open to debate – and this debate is just what we need to be able work our way forwards.

To achieve this, it’s essential that the environmental movement develop an advanced political understanding, and a deep knowledge of the history of struggles that have already taken place against these powerful interests. We can learn much – both practically and theoretically – from those who have gone before, and we can learn a great deal from each other through discussion and sharing resources. Given the paucity of political and historical pedagogy in our educational institutions, it’s incumbent upon us – the movement itself – to establish networks, resources, and processes by which we construct our own knowledge through questioning, discussion and resource exchange.

We need a rich and vibrant left intellectual culture to take on the enormous challenges the planet confronts. We need, in the face of a hegemonic mass media, to give each other cogent and succinct arguments. Though your contributions we hope The Ecosocialist can play a small part in developing this. We hope to be a political centre that is not centralist; we welcome varieties of perspective. In this way people can engage freely in discussion and return to their respective movements, parties, and workplaces with a sharper, more historically and theoretically informed knowledge of the issues we all confront.

In at least one Australian city, we meet monthly to discuss self-selected readings. Members of most local left parties and many religious groups are involved in this regular debate. This face-to-face interaction plays a key role in building left-green networks across the city, and we would encourage this development elsewhere. In the meantime, this blog works to play a similar role on line. Let the discussion begin!

To start with, we offer for consideration the Ecosocialist Manifesto, written by Joel Kovel and Michael Lowy in 2001 and the draft second version of the Ecosocialist Manifesto, which is under discussion internationally.

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3 Responses to “Introducing The Ecosocialist”

  1. bill weller Says:

    Why support Capitalism

    The world is in crisis. Due to the continuous support of the capitalist system we find ourselves at the edge of total disaster. Greed and profits have brought us to the point of no return, the world and mankind beyond help. Religion., an enslavement tool for the capitalists will always prevent nations from working together and this is the downfall of any measures used by the capitalist parties and governments to combat climate change. The Greens preach a ” Third way ” yet no one can explain what this way is and how it will work. This ” Third way ” is just another cover for capitalist support at the expense of the disadvantaged and the poverty stricken. Until the Greens see that its move to the right will make them ( I will not be renewing my membership) contribute to the problem rather than solve it they will never be an alternative. The Greens have had elected parliamentarians that are not Socialist but career politicians serving not the members that worked hard for them nor the community but themselves . Again the richy rich gain control and direct the party on a capitalist supporting path. What hope do the residence of the earth have when the only alternative party is capitalist embracing.

    Regards bill

  2. Duroyan Fertl Says:

    There’s an interesting post by UK Greens co-convenor Derek Wall over at Socialist Unity blog on the so-called “Green Right”
    http://www.socialistunity.com/?p=2571
    Obviously this this at the other end of the spectrum, but it should still be of interest.

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