Convention Organizing Committee February 5, Capitalism has failed to provide for the urgent needs of the people of the United States and the planet. Capitalism is also unable to fully address the alarming and growing environmental crisis that is already having catastrophic impacts on the weather, agriculture, the economy and threatens sweeping changes to ecosystems and human society. Compared to previous years of relative prosperity, capitalism today is undergoing a deep and wide-ranging crisis affecting all aspects of ecological, political, economic and social life.
Many millions are dying in its consequences. Every five seconds a child dies of the avoidable consequences of poverty. The political institutions are extorted or corrupted by the economic and financial elites and their media aids.
The interests of the big owners of capital prevail with their legal and security machines. Democracy decays to a farce. Ulrich Duchrow is a professor of theology and co-founder of Kairos Europa, a base ecumenical network. Every five seconds a child dies of avoidable consequences of poverty.
The earth dies, trees, species of animals and plants, the air and the water. A minority of economists, political economists and others have drawn clear possible alternatives. But these have not been realized. The political institutions are extorted or corrupted by economic and financial elites and their media aides.
In any case with very few exceptions, the interests of the big owners of capital are enforced with their legal and security machines, not the interests of the majority of the population. Hope lies in the social movements.
Alongside the unions, people are rising up worldwide and in all places, protesting, offering resistance and working on alternatives.
They even win partial victories. However the globally economically powerful, traditionally called the bourgeoisie, find new ways to realize their interests.
The counter-veiling powers from "below" are obviously still too weak. Shock, dismay, and information about the causes of catastrophe and ways of overcoming are obviously not enough for resolute action.
Where are the blockades and how can they be overcome? There is an old discussion about whether capitalism will break down through the crises it generates systemically. Theoreticians like Antonio Gramsci have long insisted that the subjective factor must be considered in a strategy for changing conditions besides the objective conditions.
The great puzzle remains: How can impacted persons become strong and capable of action personally and communally? This question is still too general. Dividing persons into different groups is part of the nature of capitalism, particularly in its neoliberal form.
Firstly, it splits them into losers and winners. This is very visible for those "at the bottom" and "at the top.
They are not only divided in their material existence. Rather neoliberalism wreaks havoc and mental destruction with these different human groups… The individual human groups must be seen in the context of neoliberalism and in their specific material and psychic situations. The world looks different from above than from below.
We take the perspective "from below," from the victims. This characterizes the social movements and the liberation theologies in the "global South.
This is not meant individually-psychologically. Obviously, it also makes sense to treat those made sick by neoliberalism in an individual psycho-therapeutic way — without healing the society if this is possible.
Our question is meant politically, that is referring to the change of social conditions and the role of social movements, unions, churches and religious communities as alliance-partners in the struggles for such change. Healing and liberation of individual persons can only happen in the perspective of common healing and liberation.
In other words, the strategic question is in the center for us. How can affected persons overcome their mental damages and blockades caused by neoliberalism to defeat this neoliberal capitalism through resistance and realizing real social and political alternatives?
We see a central problem for the future in how the middle class decides. Will they choose authoritarian or fascist options in the crises as after in Germany and during the dictatorships of national security in Latin America or will they fight for the solidarity overcoming the causes of the crisis together with the lower class and the socially excluded?
The psychic mechanisms that lead the middle class to be deceived and instrumentalized by the elites can be uncovered. Does the constantly increasing danger of descent of broad section s of the middle class increase the possibility of becoming conscious of their real interests and motivate them to strategic alliances with unions and social movements?
The important disciplines are psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, sociology and theology with different sub-disciplines… A third problem is the lack of resources to carry out our own empirical investigations.
We rely on current material and secondary literature as well as our own experiences. We hope for future empirical studies that take up and deepen our questions and not only confirm and correct the feedback of the readers.Discussion Guide Financial Literacy Overcoming Liquid Asset Poverty Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class.” resources to discuss innovative ways to help the underserved and under-banked in your community become more financially secure.
Capitalism isn't Bad, Even if Some Capitalists Are Strategy A Level-Headed Discussion of Capitalism vs. Socialism. Capitalism isn't Bad, Even if Some Capitalists Are. Shock, dismay, and information about the causes of catastrophe and ways of overcoming are obviously not enough for resolute action.
Where are the blockades and how can they be overcome? There is an old discussion about whether capitalism will break down through the crises it generates systemically. Another problem, once we've stopped thought with our grocery list, is that even if we try to hold on to the original "no," even if we maintain that scream, we're likely to replace the question of overcoming capitalism with a different question.
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The meeting made four major decisions: It called for an “Ecosocialist International Network,” to be formally established at a meeting in Belem, Brazil in January , in conjunction with the World social Forum.