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LQD: 'Eliminate Capitalism' to Save the World

by Magnifico Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 at 04:23:52 PM EST

This is a Lazy Quote Diary™ to more widely expose the remarks of Evo Morales, Bolivia's president. Yesterday Morales told the United Nations, we must eliminate capitalism to save the world. According to the MercoPress, Morales said:

"If we really want to save the planet, we must eliminate the capitalist system" Bolivia's first indigenous president told delegates from around the world at the United Nations in New York.

Mr Morales argued that the capitalist system was mainly responsible for climate change and for the "accumulation of waste".

I believe the consumption of the Earth's natural resources have outpaced sustainability.

Morales also questioned privatization and biofuel production.

He also railed against the development of bio-fuels which he said only serve to fuel "poverty and hunger" and he instead expressed strong support for clean energies.

"Biofuels are very harmful, in particular for the poor people of the world" he underlined. Morales called for "respect of Mother Earth," guaranteeing access to basic services for all and putting and end to consumerism...

"Mother Earth is not a commodity. It's not something to buy and sell," he said.

Morales proposed an international convention "to protect water resources and prevent their privatization by a few."

The coverage of Morales from The Guardian added he believes Biofuels are starving our people:

Morales called on developed nations to accept that problems created by biofuels in developing countries were partly their responsibility. After his speech, he told a news conference that "it is not an internal problem, it is an external problem".

"This is very serious," he said. "How important is life and how important are cars? So I say life first and cars second."

In his UN speech, Morales called for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to take action against the biofuel industry "in order to avoid hunger and misery among our people".

Morales also called for the democratization of the U.N. security council so the power was not monopolized by a few nations, according to the MercoPress.

"If we really want to save the planet, we must eliminate the capitalist system"

Oh, that's classic.

"Imagine all the people/ Sharing all the world" -- John Lennon

by Cassiodorus on Wed Apr 23rd, 2008 at 02:07:47 AM EST
Eliminating it is all very well, but what do you replace it with?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Wed Apr 23rd, 2008 at 06:35:40 AM EST
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Ecosocialism.  An orderly retreat to a society which does not destroy its CO2 balance through wanton burning of its fossil-fuel endowment, or fish the oceans clean of fish, or chop down its forests for real estate.  A society which takes care of the basic needs of all its members rather than risking food riots.

For more details, read:

Joel Kovel, The Enemy of Nature, 2nd edition
Saral Sarkar, Eco-capitalism or Eco-socialism?
Maria Mies and Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, The Subsistence Perspective
Teresa Brennan, Globalization and its Terrors

I'll find links to my commentaries on all these works later...

"Imagine all the people/ Sharing all the world" -- John Lennon

by Cassiodorus on Wed Apr 23rd, 2008 at 09:48:15 AM EST
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How do you get there from here?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 6th, 2008 at 07:55:25 AM EST
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Eliminate what form of capitalism?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 23rd, 2008 at 06:37:41 AM EST
I've written frequently about replacing consumerism/capitalism with a new model.
Here's a typical example:
After Capitalism, What?

There are no serious politicians or economists willing to deal with this issue. Their solution to shortages is more growth. That's like curing obesity by eating more.

The school of "ecological" economists, founded by Herman Daly, has been addressing this issue for over forty years. That you've probably never heard of them shows how much impact they've had on actual policy.

Try this essay as a start:
Steady-State Economics

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Wed Apr 23rd, 2008 at 12:23:20 PM EST

The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Wed Apr 23rd, 2008 at 11:15:33 PM EST
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As I read it, it reminded me of another Native American who made a speech in DC, long ago:  Chief Joseph Seattle?

Morales keeps taking steps in the right direction while we keep saying it´s impossible.

Thanks, Magnifico!

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri May 2nd, 2008 at 05:41:24 PM EST

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