Some other principles of a socialist cllimate politics
Everyone, this is in response to Matthew Huber's "Five Principles of a Socialist Climate Politics." It's a good piece but it seems to be asking for a bit more. At any rate, the intro seems to mix up "socialism" with "democratic socialism," a nice phrase for "let's buy off the working class more effectively." (Sure, single-payer would be far better than what we have here in the US, which is a financially-constructed set of excuses not to provide effective medical care except at the prior cost of $1500 ambulance rides. It's not quite actual socialism though.) Here in my response I'd like to suggest a discussion of the real thing.
At any rate, we really need something stronger than the vast desert of alternatives that America has become. Far too much of America still wants to say, "worried about climate politics? Buy a Tesla and shut up. We like mass suicide just the way it is, and if we drag the kids into it it's none of your business." You'd hope that over 70,000 years of modern humanity we'd have gotten this far, from the harsh lives of the Stone Age people, through the agricultural empires with their god-kings, through capitalist domination and two world wars, to the Golden Age of Capitalism (1948-1971), to arrive at something more than that sort of petty crap. So I'm going to propose, here, five principles of a socialist climate politics that could add to the good things Huber has proposed.
1) Climate change is a problem of capital's rule. Huber's suggestion that we democratize production is a wonderful first start. Let's keep in mind, though, that unless we are actually in charge we can still be democratic slaves to capital. The other end of it is that fossil fuel reserves constitute "value" which capital is not going to renounce. So we have to renounce it for them, by nationalizing fossil fuel reserves.
2) Give everyone the means of decarbonizing. Make sure the working class turns in its fossil-burning cars of course, but give everyone electric cars running on solar panels. Have the government create a car company to make the cars. It can be run co-operatively.
3) Climate knowledge needs to be social knowledge as well. Staving off climate death means knowing how to create a better society.
4) Let's use eminent domain to save the planet. Tax the rich? Let's take their fossil fuel death contracts away from them.
5) Climate change requires planetary ethnogenesis. The history of "foreign policy" has shown that what really brings people together are the founding myths of their beginnings as "a people" -- what Kees van der Pijl calls "ethnogenesis." Well, we're the people of the world, and we identify with an Earth that is not Venus. That's a start.