Living The Dream with a Green New Deal

In this episode of Living The Dream Jon (@JonPiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) catch up with Tash Heenan (@tashellenheenan) and Jeremy Poxon (@JeremyPoxon) to discuss the Green New Deal. Jon, Tash and Jeremy are partisans of the Green New Deal, seeing it as a way of addressing immediate concerns and opening pathways to more radical transformations whilst Dave remains something of a half-reformed ultra-left curmudgeon who can do nothing more than yell ‘but the value-form’ at worried passer-bys.

We chat about what a Green New Deal may or may not be, if it is an attempt to save or destroy capitalism, its relationship or not with creating communism, the hard limits the environmental crisis imposes, the disappearance of the commons as a concept, and a whole lot more.

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Writings we reference include:

Australia Needs A Green New Deal, Not More Centrism

We need a Blak New Deal to fight the climate crisis

A Red Deal

Three Ways a Green New Deal Can Promote Life Over Capital

Responsible minerals sourcing for renewable energy

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Between the Devil and the Green New Deal

Music by Meatraffle

Reflections on the Global Climate Strike! Friday September 20th Brisbane

I was just one of the crowd in the Brisbane leg of the 20th September Climate Strike. I have no privileged insight into the inner workings, debates or mechanics of the day. These reflections are offered to help to understand where we are at and where we are going inspired by Noel Ignatiev’s readings of CLR James’ practice: ‘As a person who had decided to devote his life to revolution, my job was to Recognize and Record the new society as it made its appearance…’

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Living the Dream: Climate, Capitalism & Crisis

Crowds at the People's Climate March through Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/un-climate-conference/thousands-march-in-brisbane-for-climate-change-action-20151128-glahpd.html#ixzz3x0WMblfx Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook
Crowds at the People’s Climate March through Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt

In this episode Jon (@jonpiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) chat with Jackson who has been an organiser with AYCC and for the Peoples Climate March in Brisbane . We talk about the opposition to the Adani mine project, some of the experiences and developments within the climate justice movement, the role NGOs play and how this fits together with a broader understanding of capitalism and our struggles for lives of dignity and justice
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Some of the material referred directly, indirectly, in a sly implied way or are kind of relevant are:

George Caffentzis The work/energy crisis and the apocalypse

Nicholas Beuret & Gareth Brown Dancing on the Grave: Salvage, The Walking Dead, and the End of Days

Andrew X Give up activism

Naomi Klein Canada’s New Climate Movement

 

 

Jacobin on Naomi Klein and the Left

Ellen Evans & Jon Moses Interview With David Graeber

The work of Hayek & Keynes can be found in libraries everywhere.

 

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