Tuesday, April 10, 2012
MARXISM, THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS, AND THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
I am a lonely voice on much of the left when it comes to China. I see things there in the not so knee jerk "they're just a pack of capitalists" fashion. I try to look more at the composition of the working class, of the Party. I try to look more at the 5000 year history of China and the consequent Chinese ability to look at things, to plan things, to see things in the very long term. I see a very complex society and state at struggle sometimes with itself, sometimes with the world, sometimes with history, sometimes with ideology. Unlike most of my friends on the left who just write the place off, I think the eventual future for China and the working people of China is not a bleak one.
I am not blind. I see the all the capitalist inroads that everyone else sees. I just try to look beyond today or tomorrow or next week or last year. I try to think like a Marxist, recognize that nothing is static, that everything is change, that the world is a place full of antagonisms and contradictions.
Anyway, this isn't really the place for this discussion to occur and may or may not have anything to do with the article below. The one thing I do ask you to note is that whether you believe it is all rhetoric not, can you imagine anyone of note, any public figure, any mainstream politician or government official sounding like what you will read below...or thinking about the ecological crisis in such terms?
In any event, it makes for an interesting read on a subject (a Marxist approach to ecology) that in reality should be at or near the very top of every Marxist discussion...and yet, it is not.
I picked up the following from the Monthly Review (which by the way is one place where an interest in a Marxian approach to ecology and the ecological crisis has actually been highlighted from time to time).
(3) Joel Kovel’s theory of ecological socialist revolution and construction. For Kovel, in order to solve the ecological crisis of capitalism, we must liberate use values from exchange values, liberate labor from capital, and move toward an eco-socialist society which must meet two conditions: public ownership of the means of production and freely associated producers.