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Ecosocialism: The "Green-and-Red Agenda" to Eradicate Capitalism



Not all environmentalists are motivated by a desire to destroy capitalism. But some are. See below.



(p. 26) Joel Kovel, a former Freudian psychiatrist who evolved into an apostle of what he called ecosocialism, a so-called green-and-red agenda against the environmental evils of globalization and in favor of the nonviolent eradication of capitalism, died on Monday [April 30, 2018] in Manhattan.


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Whenever he launched an ideological crusade, he did so zealously -- even if, as in the case of ecosocialism, its very definition and the collateral demand for an appealing alternative to capitalism were not self-evident.

Under ecosocialist theory, income would be guaranteed, most property and means of production would be commonly owned, and the abolition of capitalism, globalism and imperialism would unleash environmentalists to vastly curtail industrialization and development whose pollution would otherwise cause catastrophic global warming.

"Capitalist production, in its endless search for profit, seeks to turn everything into a commodity," Dr. Kovel wrote in 2007 on the socialist website Climate and Capitalism. "It is plain that production will have to shift from being dominated by exchange -- the path of the commodity -- to that which is for use, that is for the direct meeting of human needs."



For the full obituary, see:

Sam Roberts. "Dr. Joel Kovel, a Founder of Ecosocialism, Is Dead at 81." The New York Times, First Section (Sunday, May 6, 2018): 26.

(Note: ellipsis, and bracketed date, added.)

(Note: the online version of the obituary has the date May 4, 2018, and has the title "Dr. Joel Kovel, a Founder of Ecosocialism, Is Dead at 81.")






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