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Chapter Fifteen: Our Pass-Fail Moment: Livable Ecology, Capitalism, Occupy, and What Is to Be Done
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Our Pass-Fail Moment: Livable Ecology, Capitalism, Occupy, and What Is to Be Done1
I guess I’m here to put a little green in your rouge. The title of my talk (I hope you all appreciate the education-related wording) is “Our Pass-Fail Moment: Livable Ecology, Capitalism, Occupy, and What Is to Be Done.”
Pissing in the Wind
Let me start with a quotation from a brilliant radical philosopher named John Sonbanmatsu. The quotation comes from a personal e-mail in which John was responding to something I’d said last year about progress I’d seen on the left with the labor uprising in Wisconsin and the emergence of Occupy Wall Street. The response from Sonbanmatsu was so profound I printed it off and taped it onto a bookshelf next to my desk.
“What’s striking to me, though,” John wrote,
“is how much extraordinary social progress has been made in some corners of the globe, toward sexual equality for gays and lesbians and liberal rights for women, while at the same time there has been zero progress–zero–toward challenging wage slavery, the power of monopoly capital, or the national security state. Nor…is there any meaningful progress being made toward the #1 issue of our or any time, which is the ecological crisis (including mass species extinctions and global warming)…to me the Left is just pissing in the wind....
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