The United Nation’s report on biodiversity and ecosystems provides a grave diagnosis of planeticide at the hands of global capital. The rate of global species extinction is tens of hundreds of times faster now than it was over the last ten million years. This, due to the voracious appetite of capitalism to reproduce profits for the few at the expense of all else, even the survival of the planet. ‘Market-based action will not suffice’, write the academics. Capitalism, in other words, cannot solve the serious problem of extinction. The UN report notes that the transition would ‘entail a shift beyond standard economic indicators.’ Unable to give a name to all this, it suggests that the only human-led antidote to extinction is socialism. The resources to fund this exist in the tax havens of the rich, in subsidies given to fossil fuel firms and agribusiness that are destroying the planet. If this money could be assembled, it would be a sufficiently large fund to reconfigure energy, transport, housing and food systems. A socialist future is necessary.
In the Ruins of the Present traces the challenges posed by globalization and what these challenges produce for our society. The first attempt to address the problems of globalization was neo-liberalism. It failed. Next came cruel populism, which expresses itself in narrow, hateful terms. It will also fail. The Left is weak – decomposed by globalization. The need of the hour is for the Left to recompose itself, to become a vital force for a fragile humanity.
Globalisation and Its Alternative lays out Samir Amin’s assessment of the concept of globalisation as well as his concept of ‘de-linking;’ that is, for the Third World to compel imperialism to accept its conditions and to be able to drive its own policy. Amin’s perspective helps us understand the current crisis of capitalism and imagine a world based on a multi-polar, internationalist people’s agenda, rather than one driven by global capital.
Raw minerals are needed for everyday life, but when that life is also the cost of our infrastructural needs it is time to start asking questions. Why do 60% of the world’s mining companies have their headquarters in Canada? In this briefing we provide the financial details of ten Canadian mining companies. This data becomes a corporate crime rap sheet when it is read alongside concise accounts of the most horrendous violations committed–globally–by these companies. Canadian wealth is deeply dependent on a depraved indifference to human life, an indifference seemingly shared by Canadian mining companies.