Daily Archives: September 21, 2015

The Next System Project


The Next System Project

Published on Mar 30, 2015

On May 20, 3PM EDT, join the launch of the Next System Project: http://launch.thenextsystem.org. Growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring. It is time to explore genuine alternatives and new models—“the next system.” Read the statement and add your signature at: http://thenextsystem.org

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Phil Thompson on the Historical Fight for Civil and Economic Rights


The Next System Project

Published on Jun 30, 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Phil Thompson discusses the historical opposition to slavery as a labor system, and the Black struggle to advance economic and human rights.

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System Change Not Climate Change

SCNCC is a joint Canadian and US coalition of ecosocialists and fellow travellers united in the belief that capitalism is driving climate change and that a radical international grassroots movement can stop it. Green capitalism is a dead end. So are liberal parties like the US Democrats and the corporate friendly approach of most Green NGOs. SCNCC believes the climate justice movement will unite with the labour movement and other struggles for liberation to create an alternative to the upside down world shaped by fossil fuels and corporate power. Another world is possible, but we need more ecosocialists to make it happen.

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Pope Francis’ message on climate change and markets

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Pope Francis waves upon deplaning in Santiago de Cuba on Monday. The pope is set to visit the U.S. this week.

by Scott Tong

Monday, September 21, 2015 – 15:59

Pope Francis: climate, economics, and values

When Pope Francis visits the U.S. this week, he is likely to preach about climate change and the role of markets, given his encyclical on the environment. Yes, markets.

Many classical economists are scratching their heads about his message so far. Some consider the pope’s writings anti-capitalist.

“It’s sort of too far beyond the pale to even be engaged by serious people,” said Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

Less controversial, in the pope’s encyclical on the environment, is his view of the cause of the problem. He said the earth is increasingly an “immense pile of filth,” and that polluters must pay for polluting.

“Although he speaks his language, this is really the language of market failure,” said Lord Nicholas Stern at the London School of Economics, who wrote a defining paper on climate change, which he calls “the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen.”

Here’s why: carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels hurts the environment — there’s a cost. But the polluters in most of the world pay nothing.

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Humanity Is ‘Racing Extinction’ (And We’re Losing) | On Point

September 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The new documentary “Racing Extinction” goes undercover to the edge of mass extinction in the world’s darkest black markets.

An advance image from the filming of “Racing Extinction,” showing filmmaker Louie Psihoyos with an underwater camera. (Courtesy Oceanic Preservation Society / The Filmmakers)

In 2009, audiences around the world were blown away by a documentary by Louie Psihoyos called “The Cove.” It showed the horrifying secret mass slaughter of dolphins in Japan and the sale of mercury-laden dolphin meat to school children. Won an Oscar. Now Psihoyos has taken his cameras global, and the picture is brutal again. Species falling into oblivion under the pressure of manmade climate change. Some hunted and torn to shreds for gills and fins. A “great extinction.” It’s a powerful call to act, and act fast. This hour On Point, Louie Psihoyos and his tough new film, “Racing Exctinction.”

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Louie Psihoyos, photographer and documentary filmmaker. Director of the new film, “Racing Extinction.” Also director of the Academy Award-winning documentary, “The Cove.” Executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society. (@louiepsihoyos)

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EndNote Online: Managing References (3 of 8)

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From the most progressive to the most regressive …. in one week…

Pope Francis in the Cuba

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Pope Francis in the Capitol Hill lion’s den – Yale Climate Connections

Pope Francis to face hostile Republican-Led Congress this week.

Pope Francis will be the first leader of the Catholic Church to address a joint session of Congress. Take out the name “Francis”, and that sentence would be the subject of universal rejoicing among Catholics. Instead we get this: “[The Pope ought to] leave science to the scientists,” from former Senator and Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, or this “when the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, he can be expected to be treated like one,” from Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona who intends to boycott the session.

Santurum, Gosar, and many other Catholic Republicans are in a snit because Francis intends to use this opportunity to spread the message of the threat of climate change that he laid out in his encyclical Laudate Si’ earlier this summer. This has led a number of Republicans, who loudly invoke religious authority when thundering on the evils of abortion or same sex marriage, to suddenly become passionate advocates of the separation of church and state. Beyond the amusing theater of politicians trying to pick and choose which Church doctrines they like – “Cafeteria Catholics,” as former Republican representative Bob Inglis calls them – there is the important question of what impact the Pope might have.

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