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Shouldn’t Mother Nature be valued and not just raped by Big Business?

It’s close to Mother Nature Day and the following is a brief Marxist answer by John Bellamy Foster to this question about the corporate value of nature under a capitalist world economy controlled by international corporations.

‘The claim that Marx believed that nature was a “free gift” to humanity is a statement that one hears over and over, but is based on a fundamental misunderstanding. All the classical economists — Smith, Malthus, Ricardo, Say, J.S. Mill, Marx — referred explicitly to nature as a “free gift.” It was part of classical economics and was inherited by neoclassical economics. Neoclassical economists, even mainstream environmental economists, still include this same notion in their textbooks.
 
Marx, however, was distinctive in that he was writing not about economic laws in general but about the laws of motion of capitalism as a historically specific system, and from a critical standpoint. He therefore argued, quite correctly, that nature was treated as a “free gift” FOR CAPITAL. Its non-valuation was built into capitalism’s law of value. He argued that while under capitalism only labor produced (exchange) value, that this merely reflected the distorted character of the system, since nature, he insisted, was just as much a source of real wealth (use values) as was labor.’

One can read more from this interesting interview with John Bellamy Foster here @ The Ecology of Socialism.

A mother’s day message for the RepubliKlan

I mean, aside from your party lock step voting to cancel Medicare and Social Security for your own mommas as well as ours… nice to see your penchant for Human Sacrifice is still strong, except of course that you’re not going to actually sacrifice YOURSELVES.
But you know how y’all like to say, especially the Libertarian faction and TeaPotties? That you might not agree with what we say but you’ll fight to the death to defend our right to say it?
So, when Lauren Valle was stomped down for criticizing your hero Rand Paul, by three of his Koward Kentucky Komrades, with hundreds of other KKK disciples of “liberty” standing around to make sure nobody interrupted their sick sadistic fun and Rand Paul himself, nobly of course refusing to either “fight to the death” or even tell his chickenshit disciples to stop?
Yeah, that one. And of course Sarah Palin telling the people not to sit down and not to shut up while she was having the Police arrest people and violently drag them from her rally because they didn’t sit down or shut up?
Of course y’all didn’t even do anything to protest that, did you? I can understand that you’re AFRAID of your Komrades because, you know, when you get in your little ol’ Posse you can be pretty vicious.
But to stand up and LIE about how much you’ll risk to fight for “freedom” or “liberty” well…
Yo Mommas must have been so very proud of you.
Until you killed them and ate them….

Originally it was Antiwar Mother’s Day

Antiwar songFor how many war years longer will a MOTHER’S DAY tradition be to remind the vast Hallmark-washed that Mom’s postbellum holiday originated as a grassroots resistance by mothers opposed to enlisting their sons in war? Quoth abolitionist/pacifist/feminist/poet Julia Ward Howe in the Mother’s Day Proclamation: “We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.” Take heed war-loving patriots, Howe also penned the lyrics to Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Up against the wall, antiwar mother.

During WWI the plea expressed itself in a popular song: “I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier.” Of course the song provoked many jingoist responses such as “I didn’t raise my boy to be a coward,” and “I tried to raise my boy to be a hero.” Blood lusty teabaggers were up to their same knee jerk patriotism back then, egged on no doubt by the same industrial military interests. From across the Atlantic, Punch magazine reflected the British eagerness to see the US join their war and lampooned with “I didn’t raise my girl to be a voter.”

Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
“We will not have great questions
decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us,
reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them
of charity, mercy and patience.

We, the women of one country,
will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of the devastated Earth
a voice goes up with our own.

It says:
“Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plough
and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them solemnly take counsel
with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,?

Each bearing after his own time
the sacred impress, not of Caesar,?
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity,
I earnestly ask?

That a general congress of women without limit of nationality?
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient?
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,?
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,?
The amicable settlement of international questions,?
The great and general interests of peace.