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57 Synthesis/Regeneration       Winter 2012


The Great Divide
Henry Robertson poses a choice between industrialism and de-industrialization.
Consumerism in the USA: A Nation of Junkies?
G.S. Evans realizes that advanced capitalism must create a “subject for the object,” a demand for the supply.
Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change
Derrick Jensen notes that more than 90% of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry.
Fukushima: A “Normal Accident”
Jane Anne Morris reminds us that the very procedures necessary during normal operations are hopelessly inadequate during emergencies.
Can Air Conditioning Save You?
Stan Cox predicts that the coolest summers will be hotter than the hottest summers of the past 50 years.
Capitalism’s War on Nature
R. Burke reviews John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York’s The Ecological Rift, which shows that capitalism has no concept of “enough.”
How Not To Stop a Pipeline
Ralph Nader describes a demonstration where criticism of Barack Obama was not tolerated.

Thinking Politically

A Green Look at the Wisconsin Spring
Jane Anne Morris finds it difficult to imagine anything more un-green than the American Dream.
Revolutionary Doctors
Don Fitz reviews Steve Brouwer’s How Venezuela and Cuba are Changing the World’s Conceptualization of Health Care, which sees the beginning point of revolutionary medicine as a new generation of doctors.
We Are All Binayak Sen—and We Are All Bradley Manning
Priti Gulati Cox believes that we must mobilize as a collective voice for equality and justice.


TEPCO’s Darkest Secret
David McNeill and Jake Adelstein observe that if the Japanese government admits that “an earthquake can do direct damage, this raises suspicions about the safety of every reactor they run.”
Fukushima Is Worse than Chernobyl
Chris Busby, Norimatsu Satoko and Narusawa Muneo document that unusual amounts of plutonium and uranium have been detected in Hawaii, Guam, Alaska, and on the West Coast.
How the West Was Lost
Chip Ward understands that Nature has only so much fresh water, fertile soil, timber, and oil.
Toward an Ecological Way of Life
Kevin Van Meter reviews Brian Tokar’s Toward Climate Justice, which suggests that radical politics offers new forms of life rather than just new lifestyles.

Thinking Economically

Iceland’s Ongoing Revolution
Deena Stryker reports that bankers implicated in the crash fled the country.
Postal Workers: The Last Union
Allison Kilkenny senses that the Postal Service has become the target of rich, overwhelmingly white politicians.
Progressive Failure in Debt “Crisis” Debacle
Kim Scipes proposes to cut US military-related expenditures by 90%.
An Affirmation of Labor’s Subordination to Capital
Geoffrey McDonald warns that, in capitalism, socially desirable things are not produced if there is no prospect of profit.


from Ted Trainer and Paul Palmer

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