Icecap at North Pole Has Turned to Water

kenneth.mackendrick at kenneth.mackendrick at
Mon Aug 21 16:19:36 PDT 2000

On Mon, 21 Aug 2000 23:38:42 +0100 Chris Burford <cburford at> wrote:

> As a result it will become impossible for them to think of capitalism in a
purely laissez faire manner without a framework for environmental responsibility...

If responsibility means control and possession... One of the crucial points of capitalism is its capacity to revolutionize its means of production... "taking care" (controlling) the environment will simply require a revolutionized means of production/consumption (if anyone pays attention to the spreading destructive wake of pollution and desolation). Such a revolution is well within the means of the current system but certainly won't have any bearing whatsoever on current class divisions.


PS. I should have a review of The Fragile Absolute in a few days. So far so good, I'm 60 pages in and Zizek hasn't mentioned Christianity yet (aside from some passing remarks in the introduction).

"[Capitalism] has drowned the most heavenly esctasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in the place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom - Free Trade. In one word, for exploiation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted nake, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation." - Marx

"The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whoel relations of society." - Marx

"The ultimate limit of capitalism is Capital itself, that is, the incessant development and revolutionizing of capitalism's own material conditions, the mad dance of its unconditional spiral of productivity, is ultimately nothing but a desperate forward flight to escape its own debilitating inherent contradiction..." - Slavoj Zizek

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