Review of Naomi Klein / Sourcing "Socialism or Barbarism"
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John Riddell
2014-10-22 20:46:16 UTC
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Two new posts this week on http://johnriddell.wordpress.com

1. Naomi Klein: 'Only mass social movements can save us'
A review of 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate' by Naomi Klein (Alfred A Knopf, 2014)

By John Riddell. Despite endless conferences, treaties and solemn promises, greenhouse
gas emissions have risen 61% since 1990, and the rate of increase is
accelerating. As Naomi Klein tells us in her new book, This Changes Everything, we are now experiencing an ?early twenty-first century emissions explosion.?

The reason for this ominous failure, she shows, is that the
present capitalist profit system itself is incompatible with climate and
environmental stability. Our only hope is the rise of mass movements
with the combined goals of saving the environment and achieving social

For the full text: http://bit.ly/1sHLj2v

2. The origin of Rosa Luxemburg's slogan 'socialism or barbarism'
A mystery solved: Ian Angus traces an important socialist slogan to its unexpected source

By Ian Angus. I think I have solved a small puzzle in socialist history.

Climate & Capitalism?s tagline, ?Ecosocialism or barbarism:
There is no third way,? is based on the slogan, ?Socialism or
Barbarism,? which Rosa Luxemburg raised to such great effect during
World War I and the subsequent German revolution, and which has been
adopted by many socialists since then.

The puzzle is: where did the concept come from? Luxemburg?s own
account doesn?t hold water, and neither do the attempts of left-wing
scholars to explain (or explain away) the confusion in her explanation....

For the full text: http://bit.ly/1ouYGVv

John Riddell