Marx summed up the impact of capitalist production on nature: “All progress in capitalistic agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the laborer, but of robbing the soil; all progress in increasing the fertility of the soil for a given time, is a progress toward ruining the lasting sources of that fertility . . . Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth—the soil and the laborer.”
Today, government ministers from around the world meet in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), amid massive security after the terrorist attacks, to discuss what to do about climate change and global warming. Having banned all protests by climate campaigners and put some protest leaders under house arrests, Cop21 had better come up with something agreed and effective. But the chances of that are very slim.
Now I know there are some out there who think that climate change and global warming is one big lie and conspiracy. Some on the pro-capitalist wing reckon that global warming is a myth developed by scientists who want make a career for themselves and live off government funding. Taxpayers are simply funding a lie. This idea is very strong among US Republican congress members and also among some…
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