Chris Hedges interviews Sheldon Wolin.
Cameron Watt clearly explains the difference between authoritarian and libertarian socialists, and argues in favor of libertarian socialism (=anarchism).
The difference between democratic socialism and revolutionary socialism
Socialism in all forms strives to improve the economic life of the downtrodden people — the homeless, the poor. And this can be done only by political means. Democratic socialists hope to do this through parliaments, through congresses of representatives or deputies. Revolutionary socialists, by contrast, think this can be done only by changing the political institutions.
Authoritarian socialists think this can be done by their party taking control of the central government. The assumption is that a central government (i.e. the State) is necessary to do this. In the Soviet Union there was no socialism; there was State capitalism. The government took over the factories and farms and hired wage-workers. And these products entered into the international market.
Libertarian socialists, by contrast, want to get rid of a central government altogether, i.e., the State, and replace it with a federation of small communities governed by democratically elected councils.
David Graeber, “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant“
Here is the video of the debate. My commentary is below.
G. A. Cohen: Criticism of Capitalism
The Legend of the Shmoo
Al Capp Documentary
Bruce Bugbee, Utah State University Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, has studied plant growth in controlled environments for most of his career. Here he presents the results of his analysis of the environmental effects of Vertical Farming/Indoor Agriculture.
Chris Hedges’ keynote speech at the “After Trump and Pussy Hats” event in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 3, 2017.