Magazine article In These Times

Talkin' 'Bout an Ecological Revolution

Magazine article In These Times

Talkin' 'Bout an Ecological Revolution

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Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation (Monthly Review Press) makes the case that, to save the planet, we must replace our corporate capitalist system with an ecologically sound and socially just society. Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams write:

An economy that has a social purpose-one that by its nature includes ecological considerations-must involve considerable active democratic management. In the transition from a capitalist economy to an ecological economy, production workers, scientists, engineers and planners will need to develop environmentally and socially sound ways of working together to manage resources used to produce needed goods and services.

Because of the bureaucratic, top-down state planning characterized by the USSR and other countries claiming the mantle of Marx, the idea of economic planning has an understandably poor reputation. …

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