environment

The refusal of work - Workers Committee of Porto Marghera

Petrolchimico plant

This text was published by Italian chemical workers in the “Comitato operaio di Porto Marghera”, in Quaderni dell'or-ganizzazione operaia, no. 1, 1970, in duplicated format.

Issues that Obama and Romney avoid

As the US election approaches, Noam Chomsky examines how similar the two candidates are on the biggest issues, and points out that only mass action, not voting, can change things.

'No Big Boats' protest in Venice

On Sunday September 17 around 500 demonstrators gathered by foot and by boat at the San Marco basin, to protest against the transit of the big cruise boats close to the fragile Venice.

Green capitalism, an appendix

Bye bye ice caps?

Some further thoughts on capitalism and climate change.

The trouble with “economic growth” – Gabriel Levy

Mineworkers at work in South Africa

This article (edited version of a talk) argues that the idea of “socialist economic growth” should be junked. Socialism is about human happiness, not simply about more stuff. The article suggests socialist responses to arguments about “sustainability” and the environment.

Protests continue against mining in Greece

Last weekend saw further clashes between residents groups and police over the beginning of mining operations.

Indian police brutalise peaceful anti-nuclear protesters

4000 anti-nuclear protesters defied a police ban and marched along the coastline towards the KNPP nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. Without provocation, the police started battering people with sticks, firing rubber bullets and tear gas, and chased many people into the sea.

Interview - Los Amigos de Ludd

A 2006 interview with the Spanish group, Los Amigos de Ludd, that published a journal of the same name until 2006, on leftism, environmentalism, revolution and utopia.

2009 Interview with IHU Online - Robert Kurz

A wide-ranging and comprehensive summary of Robert Kurz’s views on capitalism, economic crisis, gender relations, the environmental crisis, postmodernism, abstract labor, Marxism, the failure of the left, technological change, the State, etc., transcribed from an interview that took place three years before his death.

Robotics and labor: the nightmares of reified consciousness - Robert Kurz

A short 2010 article by Robert Kurz, reflecting on the crisis of abstract labor in capitalism and the development of productivity through robotics and automation, considered in the context of the depletion of fossil fuels and the simultaneous economic-environmental crisis.