Capitalism, Food, and the Environment
Addressing the problem of climate change is not a technological or scientific question. As Marx remarked in his Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, “Mankind thus inevitably sets itself only such tasks as it is able to solve, since closer examination will always show that the problem itself arises only when the material conditions for its solution are already present or at least in the course of formation.”
Today the material conditions to solve the problem of climate change—and of hunger, homelessness, and disease—exist many times over. We have the technologies needed to drastically reduce our emissions, our energy demands, hunger and malnutrition, and so much more. The issue is that to deploy the technologies on the scale and with the integration required would mean taking the major monopolies out of private hands and putting them under a democratic plan of production. The problem, therefore, is not technical, but political; not a problem of nature, but of economic ownership and distribution. In short, a revolutionary transformation of society is necessary.
This booklet contains a series of articles on the issue of global warming and climate change, hunger, food, and nutrition. The articles highlight the position of Marxists that only in the context of a worldwide socialist planned economy can we begin to tackle the problems related to climate change, hunger, and malnutrition.
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