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N ownership and that of market based mechanisms is subjected to here is very hard to overstateWorker owned and cooperative enterprises along with the state capitalist sector are assimilated to a common ownership which in reality they contradict by their very existence while the market as a mode of social regulation "is conflated with some crude idea of greedy private sector shareholders many executives of state run enterprises around "conflated with some crude idea of greedy private sector shareholders many executives of state run enterprises around world would be surprised and perhaps somewhat relived to be told of their emancipation from market based mechanisms Then we are gifted with this gem only a fundamental rethinking of the neoliberal model can generate change with the speed and on the scale that is needed to respond to the climate and energy crisis If it is in fact the neoliberal model which stands at the root of our current malaise perhaps the time has come to form a coalition with Robert Reich and Hugo Chavez for a green rerun of the Keynesian good old daysNow we are ready for the vigorous Marxism of Midnight Notes lets revive our social imaginationand determine new constitutions of the commonsits all about potatoes and computersgiven the existence of the Internet of 21st century accounting methods and of direct deposit it would be possible to immediately move toward a guaranteed income The Scandinavian social democracies spent uite a while with a de facto guaranteed income for their citizensand oddly capitalism continued unabatedNot to mention that the existence of the Internet entails massive ecological destruction despite the protests of Obama loving Silicon Valley yuppies to the contrary

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t our rulers depart as uietly as the Communist bureaucrats of the GDR in 1989 this ind of ending is possible but not probable Leaving aside the fact that the rule of capital never departed East Germany for an instant and that the Communist bureaucrats still plague Germany today in the form of the Left Party the idea of a uiet end to capitalism as possible is the sort of fantasy which makes Negri a laughingstockAfter this its uite refreshing to hear Tom Keefer explain that humanity will be reuired to build an alternative to capitalism under conditions of declining labor productivity which may put a bit of a damper on any techno socialist dreams of free video game consoles for the massesWe also are confronted with a brief glimpse of reality by Monica Collazos when she refers to proposals for production on a locally sustainable scale organic agriculturedeindustrializationthe end of the current transport modeldeurbanizationself production of goods and services austerity Sadly much of the rest of the book that is not occupied with useful exposes on for example Icelandic geothermal and the Japanese nuclear industry consists of a virtually mindless glorification of wind power which carefully avoids any reference to the intimate interconnection between the manufacture of wind turbines and the sickeningly destructive process of mining for rare earthsIn short we are in dire need of an energy revolution but one which overturns patriarchal capitalist modernity not petroleum addiction. Twenty countries Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution forms a collective map of the most dynamic struggles within the energy sectorKolya Abramsky is a former visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science Technology and Society in Graz Austria where he received the Manfred Heindler Award for Energy and Climate Change Research and in 2006 was coordinator of the Danish based World Wind Energy Institute an international effort in non commercial renewable energy education involving different renewable energy centers from around the world ursuing a PhD in sociology at State University of New York Binghamton. Sparking a Worldwide Energy RevolutionThis book should be compulsory reading to anyone working in the energy industry The book discusses the problems of the current energy model that is being followed and then goes on to offer solutions in order to transition into a new society The book is made up of many articles from various authors and does an excellent job of presenting the facts as to why society must change A 650 page collection of essays and articles offering criticalprogressiveleft wing perspectives on fossil page collection of essays and articles offering criticalprogressiveleft wing perspectives on fossil and renewable energy systems The book is somewhat encyclopedic in that its problem not a good idea to try to read this cover to cover its better off being used as a "Reference That Has Articles Covering "that has articles covering wide variety of niches The uality of the essays and articles varied Some were very interesting overviews of specific movements and struggles in the world of energy or compelling theoretical analyses there are some good empirical studies about various workers and peasants struggles around energy Others were very bland and uninspired the ind of generic polemic about energy and the environment that you ve seen 100 times before The collection as a whole also suffers somewhat due to its age despite being published in 2010 ten years ago the last decade has seen such dramatic shifts in global energy systems that some of the discussion feels outdated for example the notion of peak oil makes many appearances despite being thoroughly discredited and irrelevant now Still overall there is enough interesting stuff in here to make it worth at least skimming through to find those specific pieces that are still relevant and advance compelling arguments and observations I m almost finished the book and I think it s a really excellent primer on the mostly contemporary politics of energy and especially the relationship between capitalismneoliberalism and fossil fuels and capitalismneoliberalism and renewables It does seem to suffer a bit from having too much in terms of sheer content though jumping around a fair bit to the detriment of cohesion This massive anthology attempts to provide a holistic sketch of the existing energy system and emerging struggles to transform it One of the most pragmatic books I ve ever read under the AK press label which is in my opinion a simple factor of the pragmatic nature of energy transformation work it s SO necessary we want to use it as a vehicle to transform property and social relations but it also has to happen no matter what as soon as possible Especially recommended to folks working in the climateenergy realm that want a good snapshot of the sorts of discourse being moved by leftists over a decade ahead of the liberal vanguard currently leading the charge of the climate movement Some of the analysis is dated and doesn t live up to the historical predictions made at the height of the financial crisis and some of the submissions are incredibly wonky and a little difficult to get through But you couldn t ask for a better comprehensive partisan analysis of the energy system and what must be done to transform it Larry Lohmann gave this book a glowing review awhile back bu. As the world's energy system faces a period of unprecedented change a global struggle over who controls the sector and for what purposes is intensifying The uestion of green capitalism is now unavoidable for capitalist planners and anti capitalist struggles alike From all sides we hear that it's time to save the planet in order to save the economy but in reality what lies before us is the next round of global class struggle with energy at the center as the ey means of production and subsistenceThere are no easy answers in this battle for control of the world's energy system Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution is not .


T I cannot remember feeling uite as enamoured while reading a number "Of Chapters In It "chapters in it those by Keefer and Abramsky himselfI was often tempted to put it down several times mainly because I was not part of the audience to whom this work was really being addressed to This of course says about myself than about the book s intrinsic merits Unfortunately this also meant not giving the book as much attention as I should probably have which in turn affected my view of it furtherThat being said it s heartening to see this compilation of discourses of social resistance to capitalist energy technologies and calls to action all in one monumental volume Something only too rare these days The concept that we as a society are addicted to fossil fuels has become a veritable clich of the radical left and the broader environmental movement and as a conseuence we are enjoined to encourage a transition to a reliance on alternative energy sources for the whole wasteful orgy that is modern lifeA understanding of the urgent necessity for drastic imposition of a no energy future is obscured by uibbling about the relative merit of geothermal solar wind and so on as prospective lesser evilsMore often then not the above attitude is conjoined with a or less blatant support for statist development models and thus wrapped up neatly in a synthesis of technocratic social democracy whose suicidal non solutions are then packaged as the only realistic optionOf course this virtually hegemonic viewpoint has many of its most articulate exponents ensconced comfortably in the international NGO bureaucracy that wonderful source of proposals which are both dazzling in their Utopian unreality and depressing in their pragmatic spirit of compromiseThis whole perspective is put on elegant display in the recently published and seminal work Sparking a worldwide energy revolution AK press 2010 a edited collection noteworthy for both the wealth of information it contains and the irreconcilable contradictions to be found within its pagesNear the beginning we are informed that the history of energy use is thus the history of the enhancement of the productive powers of cooperatively organized human labor on a global scale However the form in which social cooperation is currently organized capitalism is one that reproduces and amplifies social injustice and environmental catastrophe The problem here is that in actual history the enhancement of the productive powers ofhuman labor has been insuperably bound up with in actual history the enhancement of the productive powers ofhuman labor has been insuperably bound up with the actual exercise of the destructive powers of the same in fact the two are identical and with the trajectory of the capitalist mode of productionImplicit in the discourse of the statement cited above is the assumption that enhancement of productive power is a good in and of itselfNext we are informed that of critical importance is the opposition to market based mechanisms and the defense of some form of common ownership of society s ey resourcesthis may include different forms of worker community cooperative common public and in some cases state ownership the abuse to which both the concept of commo. Book of sound bites It unpacks the seemingly innocent terms energy sector and energy system by situating the current energy crisis peak oil and the transition to a post petrol future within a historical understanding of the global social economic political financial military and ecological relations of which energy and technology are parts The authors probe the systemic relationships between energy production and consumption and the worldwide division of labor on which capitalism itself is based its conflicts and hierarchies its crisis and class strugglesWith over fifty chapters written by contributors from approximately.