It was hailed as an historic march by some activists and chastised as merely symbolic by others. But the convergence of hundreds of thousands of people in New York City in September to protest climate change was a milestone for the movement to end greenhouse gas pollution and reverse the damage it has done to… Read more »
Oil and oil prices — they are on the minds of everyone. When the price of oil plummets, it’s a relief for beleaguered workers around the world. With wages falling or jobs gone, and services and education cut, paying 30 or 40 percent less for gas and heating fuel is huge. But the decrease is… Read more »
In the summer of 2014, Shell began quiet negotiations with the Port of Seattle to establish a winter home for its fleet of oil platforms and ships. Shell’s aim is to explore and drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea, in a geologic formation known as the Burger Prospect, where up to 1 million barrels… Read more »
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 »
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 »
The 21st U.N. meeting on climate change is set to convene in Paris on Nov. 30, 2015. While politicians speechify and demonstrators demand the first binding international treaty, neoliberal pundits cook up alibis. A case in point is a Nov. 4 New York Times opinion piece by former BP chief scientist Steven Koonin. For years… Read more »
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
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 »
Local officials put profit above the community’s health and safety — and the community fights back.
We demand the U.S. end its complicity in crimes against the indigenous peoples of Latin America!