File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/marxism-international.9710, message 544

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 21:37:41 -0500
Subject: Re: M-I: Yet more on trees

James sees in Louis's and others' concerns for the environment only the
fear of instrumental reason (a la Adorno), youth/social movement envy,
racism + xenophobia of the zero population growth crowd, and
anti-consumption + anti-development ideologies of the privileged Westerners.

All of the above are problems that do exist in many parts of the Green
movements, but I say that workers have *their own reasons* to be concerned
with clean air + water, food safety, etc.

The toxins that poison the environment also poison workers and destroy
their health. And that is the reason many workers become "whistle blowers."
Besides, workers do not enjoy living in an area polluted by industries and
militaries. Many working people of color in the United States are active
participants in the movement against what they call environmental racism.
So I argue that Marxists have a duty to side with those workers who want to
have environmentally safer methods used in industries.


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