Varsity-Packet-Final

Varsity-Packet-Final

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Unformatted text preview: d --and it is hard to see how anyone who has studied the history of our time can refuse, at the very least, to take it seriously--it follows that what has to be done to resolve the environmental crisis, hence also to insure that humanity has a future, is to replace capitalism with a social order based on an economy devoted not to maximizing private profit and accumulating ever more capital but rather to meeting real human needs and restoring the environment to a sustainably healthy condition. 19 | P a g e Capitalism Critique BDL Capitalism Bad Impact – Environment 
 [___] [___] Capitalism makes environmental destruction inevitable – no environmental problem can be solved from within the system Victor Wallis, Professor of Liberal Arts at Berkeley, 2010 (Victor, “Beyond “green capitalism”, February http://monthlyreview.org/2010/02/01/beyond -greencapitalism) A disdain for the natural environment has characterized capitalism from the beginning. As Marx noted, capital abuses the soil as much as it exploits the worker.1 The makings of ecological breakdown are thus inherent in capitalism. No serious observer now denies the severity of the environmental crisis, but it is still not widely recognized as a capitalist crisis, that is, as a crisis arising from and perpetuated by the rule of capital, and hence incapable of resolution within the capitalist framework. It is useful to remind ourselves that, although Marx situated capitalism’s crisis tendencies initially in the business cycle (specifically, in its downward phase), he recognized at the same time that those tendencies could manifest them selves under other forms—the first of these being the drive to global expansion.2 Such manifestations are not inherently cyclical; they are permanent trends. They can be sporadically offset, but for as long as capitalism prevails, they cannot be reversed. They encompass: (1) increased concentration of economic power; (2) increased polarization between rich and poor, both within and across national boundaries; (3) a permanent readiness for military engagement in support of these drives; and (4) of special concern to us here, the uninterrupted debasement or depletion of vital natural resources. 20 | P a g e Capitalism Critique BDL Alternative -- Rejection [___] [___] Capitalism has reached a legitimacy crisis that makes it vulnerable to rejection John Sanbonmatsu, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2009 (May/June 09, Tikkun Vol. 24, Issue 3pg 21-72) ALAS, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF VIBRANT social movements from the field of history could not come at a more tragic time: for the first time in seventy years, after decades of unquestioned supremacy over every aspect of human and natural life, capitalism is beginning to suffer its own "legitimacy crisis." The German philosopher Georg Hegel famously wrote that the Owl of Minerva would only take wing at dusk. That is, only at the end of history would Reason and divine Spirit at last come to be reconciled, in human self -consciousness, human self-knowledge. Today, however, as the Marxist Jam...
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