links for 2010-01-28

  1. World Socialist Party (US) | Socialist Guide to Marx’s Capital (2. The Starting Point)

    – I’m reviewing this series to gain “Cliff’s Notes”-level understanding of Marx’s Das Kapital. Here, the author describes “commodity accumulation” as a portion of a society’s overall wealth. “Commodities,” for the purposes of this passage as I understand it, are material goods produced for sale or exchange. Marx observes that this “accumulation” of “commodities” comprises the vast majority of a capitalist society’s wealth, but a smaller portion of a socialist society’s wealth. The author notes how these commodities pile into big-box stores like Wal-Mart in a “vast heap”. The author implies that a greater proportion of a socialist society’s wealth is derived from material goods that are not produced for sale or exchange. The reader must not presume that the purpose of producing material goods is necessarily to have “commodities” to exchange. The article appears to be mainly definitional. I accept the author’s definitions for these purposes, and I’m ready to proceed to part 3.

  2. Organic Consumers Association | Twenty Percent of US Households Struggle to Afford Food

    I’d like to know more about the Organic Consumers Association’s take is on this, seeing as that organic food is almost universally more expensive than conventional food. The question is yields. Even if organic farmers produced greater yields as conventional farmers, organic food would still be more expensive if there were fewer farmers making it. I have more to learn on the issue….

  3. Earth Justice | Global Warming Deniers Ask Court To Help Their Cause

    I, for one, don’t believe that the “Clean Air Act” ought to be used to manage the climate. If we want to legislate climate management, then we should pass a “Climate Management Act”. Granting the EPA the authority to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act LITERALLY grants the EPA the authority to regulate the very breath that we exhale. I don’t believe that this was the intended effect of the Clean Air Act (although it could have been….). It is something that legislators should consider and vote on separately. See also: Mission Creep (http://is.gd/7bBMx).

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