Is capitalism to blame for global warming?

Consumer capitalism can hardly be blamed for all manmade pollution. However, an economic system

that bases value on "growth" necessarily taxes a heavy toll on wildlife, wilderness and natural resources. "Growth" is best explained as growth of services, goods bought and sold, and production; keeping in mind we live on a planet with millions of other species with limited resources for this 'growth', it does not take an "intellectual" to understand capitalism and the future of the planet are incompatible.

Discussion of this issue is difficult. Marxism has been effectively erased from Americans' collective memory (indeed, this site features no labor or Marxist scholars), and capitalism's focus on wealth creation eclipses all debate. Corporate media continues to whitewash environmental issues as "green consumerism", while extreme weather events threaten more human and animal life.

But as a little boy once asked a naked emperor,

why don't we just get rid of consumer capitalism?

Why a great education means engaging with controversy

Jonathan Zimmerman explains why teachers should invite, not censor, tough classroom debates.

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  • During times of war or national crisis in the U.S., school boards and officials are much more wary about allowing teachers and kids to say what they think.
  • If our teachers avoid controversial questions in the classroom, kids won't get the experience they need to know how to engage with difficult questions and with criticism.
  • Jonathan Zimmerman argues that controversial issues should be taught in schools as they naturally arise. Otherwise kids will learn from TV news what politics looks like – which is more often a rant than a healthy debate.
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Are these 100 people killing the planet?

Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Image: Jordan Engel, reused via Decolonial Media License 0.1
Strange Maps
  • Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
  • This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
  • The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
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SpaceX catches Falcon Heavy nosecone with net-outfitted boat

It marks another milestone in SpaceX's long-standing effort to make spaceflight cheaper.

Technology & Innovation
  • SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy into space early Tuesday morning.
  • A part of its nosecone – known as a fairing – descended back to Earth using special parachutes.
  • A net-outfitted boat in the Atlantic Ocean successfully caught the reusable fairing, likely saving the company millions of dollars.
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