I want to make 2 points:
- Last weeks I was confronted with quite a lot of ecologist talk and propaganda, especially on "ethical consumption", e.g. don't buy x or y, but buy z, be thrifty with energy/water usage, don't eat meet/fish etc.
Now this is nothing new, but it is still a very influential and wide spread mistification in the central capitalist countries. And it is especially popular in the youth and student circles.
I've been looking up some articles off the ICC on this matter, but actually I did not really find satisfaction. There are not really thorough going articles that counter this argument about "demand" determining production, am I right? Off course there are arguments in the press which make clear that "demand" (even demand with buying power) does not determine production, maybe orientates it a bit. But there is no article that counters the ecologist propaganda on this matter.
So I decided to write down some of my thoughts on this "buy consciously" or "consume less" ideology. I was immediately confronted with much more than I expected to be: the functioning of capitalism, decadence and state capitalism, the changing of human wants and needs in history... So for the moment my notes are quite fragmentary. I was thinking of writing them down as "theses", but maybe it is easier to start from something more concrete, e.g. the fishing sector. Later on something more general can be written.
Unfortunately, I am quite tired lately (started working. damn, it's hard.) and don't find the energy to concentrate on such an article. And as I am convinced that collective discussion is the most effective way to clarity, I wanted to share these thoughts with you. What does the ICC and other comrades think? What about writing an article on the fish industry, a bit in the same sense as written on nuclear energy? I know, there is not really a major actual event that functions as a trigger for the writing of such an article, but to me this "chronic" propaganda on "buy this, do that" is really becoming unbearable, especially because quite some friends believe in it.
- Following the above, I think the ICC should really consider making a brochure on ecology. I mean that some key articles should be grouped and edited in a booklet/brochure.
Capitalism is poisoning the earth
The world on the eve of an environmental catastrophe (part 1)
The world on the eve of an environmental catastrophe (part 2)
Nuclear enery, capitalism and communism
Inconvenient truths about environmentalism
Ecological crisis: myth or real menace?