On September 22, 2014, a flood will descend upon Wall Street and financial centers across the globe, an emergent flood of collective disobedience, creativity, and shared compassion and existential terror to confront ghoulish capitalism, states, corporations, and financial institutions relentlessly unraveling the planet’s delicate network of ecosystems. Flood Wall Street will bring swelling waters forcing a necessary disruption to the flow of capital, which acts as the pathogenic blood pumped through the planetary body progressively bringing about its decay.
Declaration of the Ecosocialist International Network before COP20 in Lima, Peru (December 2015)
Our lives are worth more than their profits!
The imminent climate crisis that we confront today is a grave threat to the preservation of life on the planet. Many academic and political works have confirmed the fragility of life on earth to temperature change. Only a few degrees can cause – and are causing – an ecological catastrophe of incalculable consequences. Now we are experiencing the deadly effects of this situation. The melting ice, the contamination of the atmosphere, rising sea levels, desertification, and the increasing intensity of the weather, are all proof.
In our latest issue, we pay tribute to comrade Frans Timmerman, and authors consider: the role of technical know-how in revolutionary futures, body and environment, degrowth and demonetisation, connections between climate change and revolution, red-green movement prospects in the People’s Republic of China, Maoism-based struggles against mining devastation in The Philippines, water commodification in Andean regions of South America, Canada as settler colonial reality
with contributions from Maarten de Kadt, Stacey Tran, Andreas Exner, Andreas Malm, Qingzhi Huan, William N. Holden, Rutgerd Boelens, Jaime Hoogesteger, Jean Carlo Rodriguez de Francisco, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Luca Tasciotti, Rachel Zolf, Anitra Nelson, Ben Marley, Graham Sharp, and Ariel Salleh.
The European Network in Political Ecology (ENTITLE) joins the editorial board of Capitalism Nature Socialism in its statement in support of Professor David Correia. As individual researchers and as a collective we are passionately committed to combining our scientific work with a commitment to democracy and social and environmental justice. Therefore, we stand with David Correia and those who protest peacefully to defend their rights and ideas. We hope that the local authorities will drop all charges against Prof. Correia and that the University of New Mexico will support him for his commitment to democratic participation and involvement in the local community.
The Editors of the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism are deeply disappointed by the University of New Mexico Administration distancing themselves from their Associate Professor of American Studies and our Senior Editor, David Correia, who has been unjustifiably arrested and charged with a felony during a peaceful protest. In doing so, The University of New Mexico Administration have missed an opportunity to make a clear statement in support of the academic freedom of a faculty member.
Check out our latest issue with contributions from Kris Forkasiewicz, Michael Löwy, Anselm Jappe, Ivan Drury, Darius Rejali, Paul Buhle, Sarah Rotz, Stelios Gialis & Stavros Mavroudeas, Charlie Barnao & Pietro Saitta, Samuel Alexander, David Schwartzman, Matt Meyer, David Barkin, Ariel Salleh, and Troy G. W. Vettese.
“Jared Diamond is back at it, once again trading in the familiar determinist tropes that earned him a Pulitzer Prize for his 1999 book Guns, Germs and Steel,” opens David Correia in his recent diatribe entitled “F**K Diamond.” The essay, purportedly a review (?) of Diamond’s latest book, builds into the now familiar rant attributing to Diamond racism, simple-mindedness, and over-generalization. The title of Correia’s essay and his tone throughout leave no doubt that he experiences a measure of glee writing this response piece. However, I have a question, did Correia even read Diamond’s latest book?
Introduction: police, army and fascism
Drawing from a case study carried out in Italy, this article seeks to contribute to the study of the relationships between war and peace in contemporary democracies. In more detail, the training process and the formation of authoritarian and fascist personalities that takes place in an elite unit within the Italian armed forces – a paratroop brigade – is the privileged space for observing not only the training of a particular group of war professionals, but also the culture and background of many of those who pass from the ranks of the army to those of the police forces (Police, Carabinieri, Local Police and Guardia di Finanza in Italy).
The Commons as an alternative to capitalism
In this paper I propose that the subsistence commons of the past can form the backbone of an alternative social order to capitalism, which has dominated the world for the last three centuries. This is because they are based on cooperation, not on competition; they are jointly used, neither private nor public property; they use natural resources sustainable, and they promote forms of direct democracy that integrate and reinforce representative democracy. In brief, they provide goods and services which do not become commodities to be exchanged on the capitalistic market.