Jill Stein: Why capitalism is killing
Photo by Tar Sands Blockade.
Hundreds of socialists, environmentalists and climate activists attended the
firstEcosocialist Conference in New York City last month. One of the featured
speakers at the conference was Jill Stein, the nominee of the Green Party
during the 2012 national election in the US, who held a talk about how
capitalism is killing the planet.
Besides linking the economic and climate crisis, Stein also discussed the
politics of fear, Barack Obama’s environmental failure and the highly
controversial Keystone XL pipeline. You can watch her 30 minute long talk
in the video below.
“This is an incredible outpouring of support of those not going forward with
Obama but forward with the 99% for system change and fundamental
justice,” Jill Stein said. “Capitalism is trying to kill the planet, but the people
are rising up.”
Her remarks reflected the view of many participants that organizers of the
February 17 mass demonstration [against the Keystone XL Pipeline in
Washington] had weakened the protest’s impact by presenting it as an expression
of support for Obama, echoing his “forward” and “clean energy” slogans, for
example. As several speakers noted, the Democratic administration now seems
very likely to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
The February 17 action thus showed both the power of environmental protest and
the futility of relying on the Democrats. As Jill Stein said, “the demonstration told
Obama, ‘we’ve got your back,’ and then he stabbed us in the back.”