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To better place this in context, Gupta is making the case that we ought to be highly skeptical of the corporatization of social movements, which in turn make them palatable for co-optation by opportunistic party politics. He is further stating the implicit contradiction of such, saying “encouraging bankers to march [is] like saying Blackwater mercenaries should join an antiwar protest.”
While the People’s Climate March potentially will be helpful in generating awareness about global warming, as usual, we need to be critical about what its end-goals could possibly be. Namely, does the People’s Climate March move us closer toward radical divergence from the capitalist paradigm that is murdering our planet, or does it send the message, with its deep funding, P.R. sloganism, and uncritical “inclusiveness”, that we can buy our way out of this calamity with symbolic actions and donations to NGO’S like 350.org?
Gupta’s critique continues, “So we have a corporate-designed protest march to support a corporate-dominated world body to implement a corporate policy to counter climate change caused by the corporations of the world, which are located just a few miles away but which will never feel the wrath of the People’s Climate March.”
It is not necessarily a zero-sum game, but for it not to go the way of “green capitalism,” or into the coffins of past social movements derailed by mainstream politics, radicals will need to show up and be heard. Further still, they (we) will need to generate support for more substantive tactics, i.e., direct action and other insurrectionary activities. If a few who attend the march on Sunday decide to show up to the Flood Wall Street campaign the following Monday, at least by some measure, that will have been a small but substantive success.
change.org just sent me a petition to demand that the US name a warship after Harvey Milk and if that isn’t the most succinct example of the way queer advocacy has been coopted by neoliberalism and the military-industrial complex, bless me I don’t know what is.
reminder that ya boy bill gates (along with his bill and melinda gates foundation) invest in the very private prisons that create a demand for more black/brown bodies
ps. Melinda Gates/the foundation has an obsession with figuring out how to control the reproductive decisions of African women, particularly in Ethiopia and Nigeria.
Concerning ISIS, as a non-Muslim I am less interested in labeling “good Muslims” and “bad Muslims” (like I have seen in the press) than I am re-centering the conversation on the foreign policies and imperialism that make blowback so prevalent. In my view getting caught up in the former plays to the oppressor’s hands in legitimizing Western sponsored terrorism of the region and lays the intellectual groundwork for continued military domination.