This week we will be discussing issues regarding access to water. We will discuss:
-History of water crises, especially in the US
-Hetch Hetchy Dam:
-Cochabamba Water Wars
-The state of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan
-The future of water
This week we will be talking about the need for clean air, water and soil. What is going on with the environmental issue affecting people today and what does the Solidarity Party have to say about it.
From the platform: Stewardship of the Environment
We believe in the responsibility of every generation to serve as stewards of the Earth. We recognize the intrinsic value of nature. We must work to fix the deficits of the past, act as responsible managers in the present, and ensure for future generations a planet that is healthy and thriving . We reject discredited warnings of an overpopulation crisis and believe that human beings are fully capable of building a society that is populous, developed, and permanently sustainable.
We, therefore, support:
- The scientific consensus that human beings are causing instability in the global climate. We regard this as a humanitarian crisis that must be addressed without delay by the world’s wealthiest nations, including the United States.
- The necessary levels of government funding for research into safe and renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind power.
- The incremental roll-back of government support of the use of fossil fuels.
- A robust regulatory apparatus which conserves our nation’s great natural resources and protects our land, air and water from man-made pollution and degradation.
- Civil recourse for victims of environmental destruction by individuals and organizations.
- The institution of pollution taxes to fund research into cleaner methods of production and waste management, and to compensate citizens for abuse of the natural commons.
- Economic redevelopment initiatives, such as job retraining and direct family aid, in those regions adversely affected by the transition to planet-friendly fuels and modes of production.
- Policies that incentivize reuse and recycling, deter consumption and decrease disposal.
- Improved access to affordable, convenient public transportation, and the promotion of healthy alternatives to the individual use of motor vehicles, such as cycling, and walking.
- The input of indigenous populations in land-use deliberations.
This week our friend Prof. Peter Redpath rejoins us. We want to look closely at the ambitious project of reuniting philosophy and science, as well as reuniting science and wisdom. If the project succeeds, technology will be able to wear a human face!
Our discussion will lead us to consider “scientific naturalism.” We’ll also turn our attention to broadly Darwinian theories of evolution. Prof. Redpath contends that such theories fall short of what science, strictly speaking, demands.
Given his position, evolutionary theories of the development of human consciousness over time become less plausible. (David Dennett and Jonathan Haidt: you are hereby invited to come through our “open door” to offer a rebuttal.)
March 1, 2019
- How do you define socialism?
- How do you define capitalism?
- Can you be a free market socialist?
- Is the American Solidarity Party socialist? Is it capitalist? Is it distributist?
- Is there a third way economics?
- Is the American Solidarity Party a populist political movement?
- Is the American Solidarity Party a personalist political movement?
February 22, 2019