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On Capitalism, Socialism and Coronavirus
The COVID-19 epidemic has found many governments and business leaders unprepared to meet the emergency. For socialists who take the capitalist economic system seriously, however, COVID-19 shouldn’t be a surprise.
DC Mayor Bowser Orders New Push To Weaken Land Use Controls
The DC Office of Planning, proposed in early 2018 to amend the Comprehensive Plan’s all-important preamble section in such a way as to make it virtually impossible for residents to use the provisions of the plan as the basis for challenging bad land-use decisions in court.
The Tidal Basin Diaries
For ecosocialists and mainstream environmentalists anxious to rally support for a Green New Deal, we'll have to take the task of educating voters into our own hands.
Anti-Gentrification Activists Scramble On Proposed Rewrite of Land Use Provision
Members of a DC anti-gentrification alliance are scrambling at press time to read through Mendelson’s proposed rewrite of the Comp Plan preamble.
For DC Ecosocialists, Threats to Cherry Trees Could Support ‘Crossover’ Climate Activism
DSA climate activists might conceivably play an important role in saving the Tidal Basin that could win grudging support from a host of different local and national organizations.
The Labor, Health and Cultural Costs Of ‘McWorld’ Hamburger Hegemony
In Marxist terms, McDonald’s and its fast-food rivals have made their industry into a corporate “hegemon” – economically, culturally and politically.
How Capitalist Agribusiness Enables Climate Crisis
Don’t look now, but what we all buy and consume in the way of food – combined with how corporate agribusiness shapes how most people eat – is helping to create climate catastrophe.
Green New Deal Fight: A Short-Term Loss But Gains for Ocasio-Cortez & Allies
Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal provides an opportunity for socialists to gain new credibility with a wide range of climate activists.
IPCC rings alarm bells on climate
At least in the near to mid-term future, even green socialists need to hope that “green” capitalist corporations make advances in the development of revolutionizing the capitalist energy sector away from reliance on fossil fuels.
Trump’s EPA Proposes Changes That Would Gut U.S. Efforts to Slow Global Warming
What the Trump administration is proposing would leave the US with weaker fuel efficiency standards compared to those of the EU, Japan, China, India and even Saudi Arabia, and this could cut into Detroit’s future overseas sales.
DSA Activists Pressure Council to Save Land Use Planning in DC
Local DSA members have been involved for more than a year now in the Grassroots Planning Coalition's monthly organizing meetings around protecting the DC Comp Plan and making it better able to protect low-income housing in the District.
Trump Administration Moves to Weaken Endangered Species Act
Trump administration zealots aim to remove provisions that protect populations of endangered species.
Climate Challenge Ahead: What Rising Oceans Might Mean for Society – and Socialism – by 2100
This is the first of a two-part series on climate change and rising oceans; Part II will be published in a succeeding issue.
Climate Challenge II: How Selected Coastal Cities Are Planning for Rising Ocean Waters -- or Not
Some urban places could be doomed unless they begin making ambitious efforts soon to meet the challenge.
The racial politics of mass incarceration, and its complex history in Washington DC
To understand the roots of mass incarceration and warrior-style policing in DC, Forman writes, “we must start with a profound social fact: In the years preceding and during our punishment binge, black communities were devastated by historically unprecedented levels of crime and violence.”
After California's fire and mud disasters, how should society prevent even worse to come?
When attributing disasters to global warming, we must equally emphasize the market-driven forces that put so many millions of people in harms' way.
The Mud This Time: Climate, Capitalism and Catastrophe in California, Prefigured
The Los Angeles area in particular, Mike Davis writes, has experienced generations of "market-driven urbanization [that] has transgressed environmental common sense." Mud follows.
How Marxist economic theory can contribute to understanding environmental crisis
A Marxist approach to capitalist environmental crisis important both to our organization and the wider radical left.
Rooting labor action on climate change in the revolutionary struggle against alienation
As a whole, the labor movement has not committed itself to ending greenhouse gas emissions that most scientists believe are likely to produce climate catastrophe by the end of this century.
National Parks Under Siege
National parks are under severe threat from the extraction-first mania of the Trump administration. Andy Feeney contextualizes this latest barbarism.
Make Planning Fair and "Affordable" Shelter Actually Affordable
Andy Feeney outlines the proposed DC Comprehensive Plan amendments that DSA members, in concert with allies, have submitted.
A Free Concert Meditation: Will Socialism Look and Sound Like This?
A Free Concert Of Thelonious Monk's Work brings the thought: If we ever achieve socialism here in the United States, will the revolution provide equal access for everyone to see performances like this?
DSA panel offers participants alternate paths to a Green Economy
A lengthy recollection of DSA's engagement in the People's Climate March - and the panel we hosted before it.
MDC DSA Members Vote to Maintain Observer Status in Socialist International
Members of MDC DSA met to debate DSA's position in the Socialist International.
Carbon fees/taxes debated in Metro DC climate committee
Carbon taxes are not every environmentalist's cuppa tea.
Ticks, mosquitoes & vector-borne disease: a new focus for Eco-Justice organizing?
The galloping threat of vector-borne diseases that comes with warmer weather farther north in the US may offer organizing opportunities for ecosocialists.
Suicide by Climate
There are impressive coalitions of climate activist groups forming, both at the local level and nationally to contest Trump's suicidal climate agenda.
Can Bush's bailout chief persuade Trump to end "Too Big to Fail?"
Kashkari, in introducing his proposal, stated that before Congress approved the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill during the Obama administration, the risks of the U.S. suffering from another big banking crisis amounted to some 84 percent. The enactment of Dodd-Frank significantly reduced such risk to just 67 percent, Kashkari added. But this is still much too high, especially given the ability of major financial crises to cause trillions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy and the world.
Notes: local activists rally for ecosocialism
Notes on local ecosocialist mobilization efforts.
"Repatriation" of overseas corporate cash -- clawback or backfire?
Some analysts think Trump's clawback scheme could yield big stock buybacks but little capital investment.
Westlake's fictional rogues have an un-ignorable correlation with our rogue-in-chief
For class-conscious readers with a little larceny in their souls, Westlake's novel may help chase away depression as Trump prepares to take office in Washington.