Our best chance for solving the climate crisis — direct democracy and equality

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                      Illustration by Yuko Shimizu

By Yavor Tarinski

The apocalyptic images that we see in contemporary fictional cinema and literature seem to be not that far from materializing and in real life. Talks about the end of life as we know it are beginning to make more sense as information about the possible consequences of the unfolding global warming is coming from the scientific community, as well as from communities from the global South, already facing droughts and other related meteorological phenomena. Continue reading “Our best chance for solving the climate crisis — direct democracy and equality”

Report on “The fallacy of ‘Fair Growth’ and the alternative of Social Ecology”

By Yavor Tarinski

cropped-logo_newwebOn September 14 in Athens (Greece) it was held an event entitled “The Fallacy of ‘Fair Growth’ and the alternative of Social Ecology”, co-organized by TRISE and the Greek political journal Babylonia. Continue reading “Report on “The fallacy of ‘Fair Growth’ and the alternative of Social Ecology””

The Fallacy of Economic Growth

By Yavor Tarinski

plastikos-planet-maxThe insistence on work and production is a malign one.

Giorgio Agamben[1]

We are being told that we need still more economic growth in order to overcome the present multi-layer crises. Actually we have been hearing this for quite some time now. Both right and left, capitalist and socialist governments, offer their theories about how we need more production and consumption, in order for our societies to progress and overcome the present difficulties. Continue reading “The Fallacy of Economic Growth”

Beyond the “Growth” doctrine

By Yavor Tarinski

Society has been locked into thought dominated by progressivist growth economics; the tyranny of these has made imaginative thinking outside the box impossible. […] But our ever increasing consumption is not sustainable; sooner or later we will have to give it up.

Serge Latouche[1]

967230_675570709126214_219603435_o “Economic Growth” is an often-repeated mantra in our times. A majority of contemporary political and economic elites, right wingers as well as many leftists[2] still adhere to the growth doctrine neglecting its many disadvantages. Continue reading “Beyond the “Growth” doctrine”

Democratic energy and climate change

By Yavor Tarinski

Thoughts on the book “This changes everything” by Naomi Klein

Today, man is still, or more than ever, man’s enemy, not only because he continues as much as ever to give himself over to massacres of his fellow kind, but also because he is sawing off the branch on which he is sitting: the environment.

Cornelius Castoriadis[1]

pic4Climate change, caused by human activity, is forcing itself to the center of  public debates. And that shouldn’t surprise us since the crisis it’s about to cause is of much bigger magnitude than any other economic or refugee crisis we have experienced by now. If such a crisis occurs it is possible that it will change the face of the planet entirely, possibly making it uninhabitable for humans as well as for most animal species. This gives new strength and importance to the debate about how we will continue the development of our societies, without endangering our very existence. Continue reading “Democratic energy and climate change”