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Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism

John Duda

John Duda

Director of Communications at The Democracy Collaborative more

Hans A. Baer

Hans A. Baer

Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne more

Environment & Energy Democracy & Governance

This video short highlights some of the key ways in which scholar-activist Hans Baer reconceptualizes socialism in his piece, Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism as the Next World System, featured in our series New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals. He argues:

Social systems, whether they exist at the local, regional, or global levels, do not last forever. Capitalism, as a globalizing political economic system committed to profit making and continual economic growth, has created a treadmill of production and consumption that is heavily dependent upon fossil fuels and has resulted in greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.

Baer’s idea for a Democratic Eco-Socialism addresses the extraction, exploitation, and extreme inequality brought about by our current system, and lays out an argument for a global socialism system that manifests at the regional and local levels. Read the full essay here.

John Duda

John Duda

Director of Communications at The Democracy Collaborative more

Hans A. Baer

Hans A. Baer

Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne more

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