The recent “cosmic realist” trend in hard sci-fi — expressed most severely in James Gray’s Ad Astra — comes at an existentially staggering moment for our relationship to both the planet and the cosmos.
Leigh Phillips is a science writer and EU affairs journalist. He is the author of Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts.
Mega-companies like Amazon and Walmart are already using large-scale central planning. We can wield that tool for good. Socialists need to renew our embrace of democratic planning and fight for a real alternative to capitalism.
Opposition to air-conditioning is just another form of austerity politics. Nothing’s too good for the working class — especially not freedom from the heat.
The market is blindly leading us toward climate calamity — democratic planning is a way out.
Bill Gates is right: the private sector is stifling innovation in green energy. But that’s not the only place capitalism is holding us back.
Leonard Nimoy’s passing reminds us of the spirit of wonder and discovery represented by Spock and the Star Trek series.
Democracy isn’t a barrier to solving global issues like climate change. It’s humanity’s best hope.
Ebola is a problem that will not be solved, because it isn’t profitable to do so.
Maintaining a private pharmaceutical sector represents a significant public health risk. One solution is complete nationalization.
Capitalism isn’t just killing the planet — it’s keeping us on it.