Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Follow Brazil's Example
Reimagining Socialism: A Nation Forum
By Immanuel Wallerstein

"What is going on is the disintegration of capitalism as a world system, not because it can't guarantee welfare for the vast majority (it never could do that) but because it can no longer ensure that capitalists will have the endless accumulation of capital that is their raison d'ĂȘtre."

"What can we do? First of all, we must be clear what the battle is about. It is the battle between the spirit of Davos (for a new system that is not capitalism but is nonetheless hierarchical, exploitative and polarizing) and the spirit of Porto Alegre (a new system that is relatively democratic and relatively egalitarian). No lesser evil here. It's one or the other.

What must the left do? Promote intellectual clarity about the fundamental choice. Then organize at a thousand levels and in a thousand ways to push things in the right direction. The primary thing to do is to encourage the decommodification of as much as we can decommodify. The second is to experiment with all kinds of new structures that make better sense in terms of global justice and ecological sanity. And the third thing we must do is to encourage sober optimism. Victory is far from certain. But it is possible.

So, to resume: work in the short run to minimize pain, and in the middle run to ensure that the new system that will emerge will be a better one and not a worse one. But do the latter without triumphalism, and knowing that the struggle will be tremendously difficult. "
Militant Minorities
Reimagining Socialism: A Nation Forum

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Researchers in New York
have "spun" the longest ever platinum nanowires.
The wires, which are 1/50,000 the width of a human hair,
could be used as webs of metal catalyst in fuel cells;
making the cells smaller and more efficient.
They report the technology in the journal Nano Letters."

Saturday, March 14, 2009