Posts in: environment

State of emergency — Profit-thirsty capitalists deepen California drought

October 2015

California is in the midst of its worst drought in recorded history. Nearly half of the state is classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor as being in “exceptional drought,” the most severe category. All three main water sources — snow pack, groundwater, and reservoirs — have suffered unprecedented declines. Entire lakes have dried up, and… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor December 2015

December 2015

TROTSKY Success for revolution So far Trotsky is convincing me all the more of what he kept reiterating in The History of the Russian Revolution and in The Transitional Program. A militant, action-oriented party deeply grounded in Marxist principles is essential for the success of a revolution. It all makes me grateful to the FSP… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion — Manhattan Project still taking lives

February 2016

I was stunned to learn that President Obama signed a measure in December to establish national parks at three government sites that constituted the infamous Manhattan Project. These are Hanford in Washington state, Los Alamos in New Mexico, and Oak Ridge in Tennessee. The Hanford park will include B Reactor, the world’s first large-scale nuclear… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book review — Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature — Discovering Karl Marx, the essential ecologist

February 2016

Many environmentalists disdain the ideas of Karl Marx. Some tout the spiritual virtues of environmental “ideals.” Some argue for individual solutions like recycling, reduced consumption and “going back to the land.” Anti-communists claim that the ecological crimes of the Stalinist-era USSR flowed from Marxism itself. John Bellamy Foster’s Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature counters all… Read more »

Black Saturday lessons ignored, climate change brushed aside

Summer/Autumn 2010

Guilty as charged. Last issue, I argued that, at the root, the February 2009 fires in Victoria were the result of politicians’ fundamental failure to protect citizens from a well-known risk. That position has been vindicated by the masses of evidence produced at the Bushfire Royal Commission. Expert witnesses revealed a long history of treading… Read more »

History confirms criminal culture of denial: Killer Company — James Hardie Exposed

Summer/Autumn 2010

There’s a theme running through Matt Peacock’s book. It’s about a culture of denial, orchestrated by the board of James Hardie. Matt’s been involved in the fight against the deadly mineral, asbestos, for more than 30 years. My involvement isn’t quite that long, but there’s a relevant passage on page 41that particularly caught my attention…. Read more »