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


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


Dear friends,

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

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

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

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:

    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