Samstag, 29. September 2018

(1) From Marxist Socialism to Eco-Socialism -- Turning Points of a Personal Journey ----- (2) Ted Trainer's Eco-Anarchist Vision 2030--2050 -- It is Too Utopian


14.9.2018

Dear friends,

I would like to inform you about two texts of mine:

(1) 2018 is a special year for all activists, scholars and theoreticians of the Left. It is the 200th birth anniversary of Marx. The classical/old Left is celebrating it. Others are holding meetings, seminars, and discussions on his works. German TV channels have made and broadcast docudramas on his life. Trier, where Marx was born, let the Chinese install a huge statue of the famous but not much loved son of the city.
    Against this background, I was requested by the editor of an online journal to write my critical appreciation of the great master. I could not exactly comply with the request because I do not possess enough Marxological qualification for the task. But I wrote something close to it – a slightly autobiographical essay entitled

From Marxist Socialism to Eco-Socialism – Turning Points of a Personal Journey Through a Theory of Socialism.

 (2) Recently a good political friend of mine, Ted Trainer, who is a protagonist of eco-anarchism, published a futuristic imaginary interview given in 2050 on how, after a huge crisis of global capitalism in the year 2030, people in various small towns and regions of the world built up, following anarchistic principles, a self-governing and largely self-sufficient political-economic system.
    I found it too utopian, of little use for today’s necessary political actions. I criticized it frankly with a short text in the form of a letter, which is entitled
 
Ted Trainer’s Eco-Anarchist Vision 2030–2050. It is too Utopian.

Both the texts can be found in my blogsite:


If you find them useful or just interesting, I request you to distribute them among your friends, or republish them in your website or elsewhere.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar


Samstag, 28. April 2018

(1) Green Party of Germany – From Beacon of Hope to a Bog-standard Party (2) Varieties of Eco-Socialism


18.04.2018

Dear friends,

today I want to inform you about two posts on my blogsite

www.eco-socialist.blogspot.de

(1)
Of late, eco-activists all over the world have been wondering whether attempts should be made in more countries, particularly in the developing world, e.g. in India, to form green parties. No serious discussion has taken place yet. However, just a few weeks ago, the editor of a web journal requested me to write a contribution to the discussion on the basis of my study of and experience in the Green Party of Germany. The text posted today is the result of my trying to fulfil that request. It is entitled

The Green Party of Germany – From Beacon of Hope to a Bog-standard Party

(2) An Australian scholar, Jonathan Rutherford, has drawn the attention of politically interested people to the fact that there are varieties of eco-socialism. I am posting the link to this essay on my blogsite because it compares my variety with that of John Bellamy Foster. The essay is entitled

Varieties of Eco-Socialism: Comparing the Thought of John Bellamy Foster with Saral Sarkar’s

I hope you would find both interesting and would be glad if you forward them to interested people.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar


Mittwoch, 7. Februar 2018

The Two Drivers of Ecological Collapse and the Two Tasks


28.01.2018
Dear friends,

After I had posted my essay

For Saving the Earth We Need to Tell the Whole Truth – an eco-socialist's response to Richard Smith

in my own blogsite
www.eco-socialist.blogspot.com

and also published it in an online journal (for link, see the previous post below), a lively and critical debate/discussion ensued in a different online discussion forum. Here is the link:

https://scncc.net/threads/climate-crisis-and-managed-deindustrialization-debating-alternatives-to-ecological-collapse.223/

    I contributed two more texts to the discussion/debate – both meant as response to some of the criticisms as well as clarification of my positions. I am now also posting them on my own blogsite, for which I have revised them slightly.
    I hope you would read them and, if you find them interesting, would request you to distribute them among your politically interested friends.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar



Mittwoch, 6. Dezember 2017

For Saving the Earth We Need to Tell the Whole Truth -- An Eco-Socialist's Response to Richard Smith

1.12.2017

Dear friends,

A few days ago, I read an article by Richard Smith, an eco-socialist comrade, in which he has ably presented in short the eco-socialist case against both capitalism and "green" capitalism. In it Richard also called upon all his readers to "change the conversation". He asked, "What are your thoughts?"
He wrote, if we don't "come up with a viable alternative, our goose is cooked." I fully agree. So I joined the conversation, in order to improve it – in the form of a response to Richard. In it you will find that I am not fully satisfied with his analysis, nor with his alternative. I find both a little deficient in some points. I have posted my response entitled

For Saving the Earth We Need to Tell the Whole Truth –
an eco-socialist's response to Richard Smith

as usual in my blog-site

www.eco-socialist.blogspot.com

I hope you would find both Richard's article (link given) as well as my response interesting. And, if so, I would like to request you to forward both to your politically interested friends. I would be very glad if any one of you get both published in some journal – online or printed.

Yours faithfully

Saral Sarkar


Mittwoch, 22. November 2017

Secessionism in the Era of Globalisation -- An Eco-Socialist View

15.11.2017

Dear friends,

in 2014, I had occasion to write an article entitled Unity or Separation? – Did the Scots Decide Sensibly? In that year, the Scots were asked in a referendum whether they wanted to secede from the UK, and the majority answered no. This year, 2017, between September and October, three referenda took place that had a roughly similar character: in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan it was on the question of independence, and in two provinces of Italy it was on the issue of more financial autonomy. And we know that in Europe alone, several other regions have their own independence/separatist movements.
    It may now be called a trend. It is a bit contradictory, because until a few years ago, almost all European countries wanted to be a member of the EU. At the global level, almost all countries wanted to join the WTO and were prepared to accept restrictions on their freedom. In this article I have tried to indicate the factors involved in this contradictory behavior of the concerned states and regions. It is a tentative explanation. A full explanation will need an elaborate study, which I cannot do at present.
    As usual, I have posted the article on my blog-site

www.eco-socialist.blogspot.de

I hope you would find the text interesting and request you to forward it to politically interested people you know. I would be much obliged if you also publish it in your journal.


Yours sincerely

Saral Sarkar

Mittwoch, 23. August 2017

There is No Such Thing As a Free Lunch, For Humans -- Response To ....

19.08.2017

Dear friends,


On 28th July, I posted an essay of mine entitled The Global Crisis and Role of So-called Renewable Energies in Solving It on my blog-site. It had been published a few days earlier in the online magazine Insurge-Intelligence as a contribution to a symposium on renewable energies (https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-clean-is-clean-energy-why-renewables-cannot-solve-the-global-crisis-10205baeb781)
    Several readers responded to it with comments, both positive and negative. Prof. Mark Diesendorf, another contributor to the symposium, who had expressed views totally opposite to those of mine (https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/the-feasibility-of-100-renewable-energy-f624d93e1424), also responded with two half dissenting and half agreeing comments.
    I thought it was necessary to respond to his comments with a short article to clarify some issues not dealt with in my original contribution, which was limited by space. I do not know whether Insurgence-Intelligence will publish it. So I now publish it in my own blog-site

www.eco-socialist.blogspot.de

It is entitled There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, For Humans

I hope you would also read this contribution and would be very glad if you distribute it among your political friends and contacts.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar

Freitag, 18. August 2017

The Global Crisis and Role of So-called Renewable Energies in Solving It


 28.07.2017

Dear friends,

Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, publicist and editor of the online political magazine Insurge Intelligence
(
https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence) has initiated a symposium on renewable energies, to which he has given the title Pathways To the Post-Carbon Economy. He had the idea when some readers of one of his articles on the subject criticized him for too gullibly repeating the tall claims of the most euphoric protagonists of renewable energies. He has already published the first two contributions, one of which is mine.
    I have today posted this essay entitled

The Global Crisis and Role of So-called Renewable Energies in Solving It

in my blog

www.eco-socialist.blogspot.com

I hope you would find it interesting. I would also be much obliged if you forward it to politically interested people and/or get it republished in some other journal.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar