environment

The event of the Albanian fall

Yes we can say NO!

The dismantlement of the Syrian chemical armaments in Albanian territory, furthered by the US and Russian governments, was countered by a grassroot movement of self-organized groups and political activists who repudiated Albanian government's servility to the neo-colonial foreign policy of the two superpowers. The declaration-analysis below was written by Organizata Politike, a radical leftist political organization.

The war against territory, the highest stage of domination - Miguel Amorós

An essay on the contemporary crisis (“the real crisis”) as the assault of capitalism against “the territory”, defined in the sense of land in its socially balanced and natural determinations (“metabolism with nature”) as opposed to the commodity real estate, the false, one-sided opposition movements (technocratic tinkering and misanthropic primitivism) that have arisen in response to this crisis, and the possible solution to the crisis that consists in a movement for a “predominantly rural, horizontal and egalitarian” society based on “renewable energies”, “ecological agriculture”, “public transport” and “local production”, among other things.

Midnight in the century: notes against progress - Miguel Amorós

An examination of the history and significance of the concept of “progress”, its origins as an expression of the Enlightenment’s battle against religious bigotry and ignorance, its transformation into a “new [scientific] superstition” characterized by indifference to nature and the worship of technological change, and its current status as “a threat to the survival of the human species”.

Preliminary discourse - Encyclopédie des Nuisances

The introductory essay of the first issue of the journal, Encyclopédie des Nuisances (The Encyclopedia of Nuisances, or Encyclopedia of Harmful Phenomena), published by the group of the same name in 1984.

Carbon Black - Ian Bone

Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas (Library of Congress)

An article by the lovely Ian Bone about residents of Port Tennant, Swansea organising against pollution in their neighbourhood. Taken from Solidarity: For Workers’ Power, Vol. 6, No. 10.

Limits to growth: The 30-year update - Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, and Jørgen Randers

In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production.

Romania: resistance against corporate environmental destruction and politics-as-usual

This article, on insistent protests against an environmentallt destructive mining project in Romania, was written for ROARmag.org, where a slightly differently edited version can already be found, together with a very useful comment on the article.

Urban struggles and class struggle - Miguel Amorós

In this 2011 text, Miguel Amorós claims that the city is no longer the privileged site for revolutionary social change as a result of the destruction of working class neighborhoods, the atomization of the working class, and the transformation of the city into a hybrid space “that fluctuates between the sports stadium, the shopping mall and the prison”, and that urban struggles must link up with rural struggles (“the defense of territory”) in order to achieve “the positive supersession of the city-country opposition”, by creating “counter-institutions” and liberating spaces for non-capitalist relations in the cities and, most importantly, in the countryside.

Institutional Control of Social Struggles - Miguel Amorós

Miguel Amorós argues that the traditional mechanisms of social control and integration (parties and trade unions) have been undermined by capitalist development itself; that “the real crisis is the one that derives from the radical incompatibility of capitalism with life on Earth”, the crisis of the “external limits” of capitalism; that the “social question” thus assumes the form of the “defense of territory”, of “a different way of life”, and “the rural world” against the depredations of “sustainable development”; and that, “for real protest, the institutionalized opposition is the problem, the enemy and the main threat”.

Gas blowout on Total’s Elgin field: letter from a North Sea oil worker to Reclaim the Power

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This letter from North Sea oil worker Neil Rothnie, a long-standing trade union activist, was sent today to Reclaim the Power, who together with No Dash For Gas and local organisations are protesting against fracking by Cuadrilla Resources at Balcombe, West Sussex.