The big news this week is, of course, Copenhagen. What a disaster. The stars were definitely Hugo, Evo and, most importantly, the tens of thousands in the streets who challenged the pretenses of the conference itself. The repression was bad, even by post-Seattle standards.
I am certainly heartened that the Marxist left has, by and large, finally come around to incorporating an ecological critique of the capitalist system. While the elements of such a critique are inherent to Marxism it has taken the profundity of the crisis (and the pushing of certain comrades) to force revolutionaries to explore that critique, but it is being explored. Here’s a bit of a left round up on the conference itself. There is a ton more out there than this so have a look for yourself.
Though Cowards Flinch beat me to the punch and has the latest Carnival of Socialism with lots of coverage of the left take on Copenhagen. Most leftists seems to have been pessimistic about the chances of a climate breakthrough, so at least few will feel disappointed.
Liam’s blog has the video and transcript of Chavez’ (or is it Chavez’s?) speech where he name-checks at least one comrade from each International and that Jewish carpenter from Palestine who hated rich folks. Liam has another piece well worth reading on the movement after the talks as well.
Democracy Now had extensive coverage all week including this interview with Bolivian President Evo Morales.
The venerable Australian paper Green Left Weekly has enough analysis and reports on Copenhagen to keep you reading throughout the Holiday season.
Blogger Anna Chen, AKA Madam Miaow, was on the BBC’s World Have Your Say program discussing Copenhagen and has a video on her site of the debate where she looks at China’s place in the crisis among other things.
International Viewpoint has an article focusing on the movement coming out of Copenhagen. Our friends in the International Marxist Tendency offer their take on the future after the Copenhagen collapse. The ISO offer their analysis of the summit that was “designed to fail.”
According to Chavez, Fidel visited him on the morning he was to leave for Denmark to discuss the conference. Chavez’ speech certainly had plenty of the Commandante in it. Fidel Castro looks at the aftermath and penned these words in his latest Reflection.
I’m certainly glad that socialism was raised as the answer to the capitalist ecological crisis both inside and out of the conference. Barbarism is staring us in the face so we had better raise (and name) a socialist alternative. However, one thing was clear from Copenhagen; the working class, as the working class, was largely absent from the debate. Since the WC is the agent of socialism, this seems a most glaring problem.
Exams are over and a couple of weeks off for the holidays are absolutely in order. My plan is to relax and enjoy these few weeks off from school with some holiday travel. Seeing old friends and comrades in Cincinnati. The blog may be a little lighter than normal, or it may be a little heavier than normal, depending. I do have some sight-seeing plans for Ohio including a return to the Freedom Center (anti-slavery museum in Cincinnati) and I’m going to try and find Marx’s erstwhile comrade and Civil War hero August Willich’s home as well as some local native american earthworks in Madisonville. And I’m going to eat Cincinnati chili coney dogs until I can’t any longer.