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No, Capitalism Is Not To Blame For Climate Change

It has become fashionable to blame the climate crisis on the economy, but it’s important to fight against this misconception, and the trivialization of the problem.

Is it too late to save the planet ?
Is it too late to save the planet ?
Nikolaus Piper

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At the "Fridays for Future" climate demonstrations in Germany, the same sign kept cropping up among the protesters, its message written in felt tip: "Change the system, not the climate". Young people streamed through the streets of Aachen, carrying banners with the words "Burn capitalism, not coal." You can't help but wonder exactly what they mean by burning capitalism, and what system should take its place once it's burned away. The uncompromising words at the school strikes show how strongly anti-capitalist sentiment has gripped the younger generation. Given that so many people believe the climate crisis is a product of capitalism, it's worth taking a look back at the debate about the limits to growth that was sparked in 1972 by the "Limits to Growth" report from the Club of Rome. It's hard to imagine now, but at the time the report was not welcomed by anti-capitalists.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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