Sonntag, 5. März 2017

Nafeez Ahmed's Book: Failing States, Collapsing Systems, Biophysical Triggers of Political Violence


Dear friends,

I know you as a politically interested person. You may even be a political activist. If you know me and my writings (, then you know that I have been writing since long about limits to growth, peak oil, unviability of renewable energies, the general ecological crisis, crisis of capitalism, the danger of collapsing states etc.
    Recently, Johny Rutherford, a young friend from Australia, informed me about a publication which has pleased me very much. It is a small book, just 94 pages, by Nafeez Ahmed entitled

Failing States, Collapsing Systems, Biophysical Triggers of Political Violence.

In it the author has collated all the relevant biophysical data – global as well as from various problem countries – that explain why countries like Somalia or Yemen have failed and why he thinks that even such a rich country like Saudi Arabia is in danger of becoming a failed state. Ahmed thinks that even China, the second biggest economy of the world today, and India, a self-styled emerging economic superpower, may suffer the same fate.
    After reading a review-summary of the book made by
Alice Friedman (see below), I find Ahmed's reasoning very convincing.
    The book is very dear, but the review-summary is available free of cost in the internet. I
appeal to all politically interested and active people to read at least the latter and forward it to all political decision makers and opinion leaders of their country (add also your appeal to them) plus to all those who are worried about the fate of their native country and humanity at large. I am going to do the same.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar


Alice Friedmann:

Montag, 13. Februar 2017

John Foran's Response


Dear Friends, 

after I posted my essay The Ecology Movement is Not a Social MovementA Response to John Foran's Article on the How-Question,, an online journal sponsored by the Post Carbon Institute (PCI) published it too. Thereupon, Foran published his response to my response in the said journal in the form of a letter to me. It is not just a comment, it is an article. I thought I should post the link to the article in my own blog, so that my readers who generally do not access are made aware of it. Here it is: 

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar


Freitag, 10. Februar 2017

The Ecology Movement is Not a Social Movement -- A Response to John Foran's Article on the How-Question


Dear friends, 

what I call the "how-question", i.e. how we could attain our goal(s), is very difficult to answer, particularly for ecologists, environmentalists, eco-socialists, eco-anarchists and others like them. I have been discussing this question with my friends and readers for many years now. There are some disagreements even among us.
    So I read with great interest a recent article by Prof. John Foran, in which he published his thoughts on this question. Here too there are points on which I disagree. I am particularly unhappy about how Foran reduced the goal itself to merely climate justice.

    I have now published my response to his article in my article entitled
The Ecology Movement is not a Social Movement – A Response to John Foran's Article on the How-Question 

I have posted it today on my blogsite 

 I hope you would find it interesting, and would be much obliged if you would distribute it among your political friends. A publication in other journals – unabridged and unaltered – is most welcome.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar