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The Green New Deal’s Five Freedoms

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  • A radical Green New Deal would open up enormous possibilities for human flourishing — and allow us to reclaim the language of freedom from the Right.
  • Related: George Lakey | The world’s happiest people already have a Green New Deal, and they love it.

Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Thea Riofrancos, Jacobin

 


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02.06.2019 | One of the biggest challenges of climate politics is that the solutions sometimes seem scarier than the problem. We worry that to truly decarbonize, we’d need an authoritarian government or endless austerity. But a big and bold enough Green New Deal could finally make us truly free.

The principles that animated the New Deal are often associated with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (FDR) proposed (but never fully enacted) Economic Bill of Rights. These included rights to employment, medical care, housing, education, and social security. Those goals are tragically unrealized for many Americans, and any just version of the Green New Deal must start there. They’re familiar goals for the Left, ones we’ve been championing for decades. But we also need to rework another New Deal–era statement of principles — FDR’s Four Freedoms.

Kate Aronoff is a fellow at the Type Media Center and a contributing writer to the Intercept.
Alyssa Battistoni is an editor at Jacobin and a PhD student in political science at Yale University.
Daniel Aldana Cohen is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2.
Thea Riofrancos is an assistant professor of political science at Providence College.

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George Lakey | The world’s happiest people already have a Green New Deal, and they love it. George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence

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  • The Nordics [are] in the top tier of nations for equality because they adopted a radically different economic model.
  • Related: Series | Part 2: The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal


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Climate Change Action and Imperialism

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  • Manuel Garcia, Jr. explains how climate change action would kill imperialism.
  • Related: Monbiot | Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse.

Manuel Garcia, Jr., Counterpunch

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11-21-2018 | Climate change action would kill imperialism, and that is why we can’t have it in America.

American political power is based on fossil fuels, and the US military is the engine that consumes those fuels to produce that power. So long as there is an American political elite that craves lucrative personal prestige and the



We are each left with a choice between: defeatist acquiescence to capitalist-dominated climapocalypse, or the dignity of rebellious aspiration and activism for green socialism.



ability to dominate internationally, the US economy will be fossil-fueled capitalism that maintains the military colossus that enables and protects those elite ambitions.

Manuel Garcia, Jr., once a physicist, is now a lazy househusband who writes out his analyses of physical or societal problems or interactions.

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Monbiot | Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse. George Monbiot, the Guardian

  • https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/6e13733cf7b23b23c9bf6ca4c3ceeac236bd948f/0_107_3665_2199/master/3665.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=172f46dd72e8c7e8f3dfd822058893e7No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.
  • Related: The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel?

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Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse.

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  • No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.
  • Related: The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel?

George Monbiot, the Guardian

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Monday 15 April, 2019 | Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see people engaged in furious attempts to fend off the moral challenge it presents.

The commonest current excuse is this: “I bet those protesters have phones/go on holiday/wear leather shoes.” In other words, we won’t listen to anyone who is not living naked in a barrel, subsisting only on murky water. Of course, if you are living naked in a barrel we will dismiss you too, because you’re a hippie weirdo. Every messenger, and every message they bear, is disqualified on the grounds of either impurity or purity.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity. Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazine

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

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The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel? Ralph Nader, nader.org

  • https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix_-_Le_28_Juillet._La_Libert%C3%A9_guidant_le_peuple.jpg/250px-Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix_-_Le_28_Juillet._La_Libert%C3%A9_guidant_le_peuple.jpgThe question to be asked: Who among the contented classes will unfurl the flag of rebellion against the plutocrats and the autocrats? It can be launched almost anywhere they please. A revolution can start the moment they decide to prioritize the most marginalized people in this country over their comfort.
  • Related: Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation.


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George Lakey | The world’s happiest people already have a Green New Deal, and they love it.

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  • The Nordics [are] in the top tier of nations for equality because they adopted a radically different economic model.
  • Related: Series | Part 2: The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal

George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence

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April 10, 2019 | According to the latest report from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Nordics are once again in the top tier of the World’s Happiest People. This year’s report, which came out March 20, pulled together the scores from the last three years to build a composite score, revealing that the four happiest countries from 2016-2018 are Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, with Sweden coming in seventh.

The researchers combine a number of indicators to define “happiness.” One especially interesting for Americans is “freedom to make life choices,” since we like to think of ourselves as leaders in liberty. The index, however, places the United States at 62 (narrowly ahead of the United Kingdom), while the Nordics remain in the top 10 countries in freedom.
 
George Lakey is an activist, sociologist, and writer who added academic underpinning to the concept of nonviolent revolution. He also refined the practice of experiential training for activists which he calls "Direct Education". He has been involved in some of the greatest protests of the 20th century.

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Series | Part 2: The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal, Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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  • A network of public banks, including a central bank operated as a public utility, could similarly fund a U.S. Green New Deal—without raising taxes, driving up the federal debt or inflating prices.
  • Related: Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work.

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