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Thursday, December 17, 2009


Quote of the Day

"Capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity. Capitalism—and I’m speaking about irrational development—policies of unlimited industrialization are what destroys the environment. And that irrational industrialization is capitalism. So as long as we don’t review or revise those policies, it’s impossible to attend to humanity and life."

- Bolivian President Evo Morales, speaking today in Copenhagen on Democracy Now!
A reminder about Morales' recent speech at the U.N. calling for "rights for the planet" to match rights for human beings.

And a reminder of the best and most important slogan to come out of Copenhagen:

"¡Cambiad el sistema, no el clima!"
Change the system, not the climate!
Update: Someone else agrees with Evo (besides me, I mean):
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described capitalism and materialism as root causes for the world's environment crisis.

Addressing a UN sponsored climate change conference in Copenhagen, he said that the capitalism is based on interfering in nature and encouraging people to use natural resources more than they need.

"Profit-making approach to the world resources must be avoided," he said.
Update 2: Unsurprisingly, Hugo Chavez echoes similar thoughts:
"Capitalism is a destructive development model that is putting an end to life, that threatens to put a definitive end to the human species....One could say there is a spectre at Copenhagen, to paraphrase Karl Marx...almost no-one wants to mention it: the spectre of capitalism."

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