The Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist) often receives requests to know its thinking on how
problems of the natural environment can be sorted out. Questions on the
environment have to be answered with what is called objectivity of
consideration. The way humans live and acquire their living have an
effect on the environment. The question is how the people can humanize
their relation with the environment and nature generally. What is
blocking them from doing so?
The aim of private ownership is
to make maximum profit from the parts of the economy the owners control
and force the state to do their bidding and pay the rich. This leads to
dysfunction in the economy and recurring crises as the competing parts
conflict with each other and the actual producers who have no say. The
narrow aim of the oligarchs for their private gain clashes with the
need of the modern economy and its various sectors and enterprises to
function in harmony for the common good.
competition among the cartels and monopolies at home and abroad often
end in war involving state-controlled and private armies and the
ensuing despoiling of nature. The global struggle of the private
cartels and monopolies for dominance and their control of the states in
which they have influence have led to public and private expenditures
on militaries far exceeding all other spending. The ensuing military
clashes over control of markets, raw material, cheap labour and to
bring entire regions under control have led in recent years to the
human, productive and environmental destruction of entire countries
such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and continuing
devastation throughout Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the
Caribbean and constant escalation of expenditures on militaries.
objective conditions pose the issue of how to deal with environmental
problems and the despoiling of nature. The people lack control over
their economies, official politics, states and militaries. The aim and
outlook of the ruling global oligarchy are fixated on defending and
enlarging their private wealth and power. The oligarchs control the
work of the people to acquire a living and the various states,
economies and militaries where they are dominant.
into consideration the domination of the global oligarchy over the
people, economies, politics, militaries and nature, and the oligarchs'
aim for private profit, most efforts to deal with environmental
problems become manipulated and fractured by those same powerful forces
that are causing the problems and turned into programs to pay the rich.
The relations of production of private ownership and control
of competing parts of the economy are out of whack with the objective
conditions of the socialized economy, which should operate with all its
parts recognizing the importance and necessity of one another for the
mutual benefit of all and the development of the whole. The
contradiction between how the economy is owned and controlled with its
socialized essence must be recognized when dealing with environmental
and all other problems facing the people and nature.
course, the issues and problems can be raised on their own such as
making Canada a zone for peace, dealing with industrial and other
pollution, climate change, fracking for oil and gas, overfishing such
as what happened with Atlantic cod and other marine problems, forest
management etc. Suggestions, campaigns and remedies can be fought out
to a temporary resolution such as the moratorium on cod fishing.
However, to turn any success into lasting victory, the problem of the
relations of production and the oligarchs' domination of all aspects of
life must be raised and confronted in a serious way and efforts put
into overcoming this domination and building the New.
1. The economic value of social
product is measured by the average or standard work-time the working
class requires to produce and deliver a good or service. The economic
value includes both the old value from means of production consumed and
transferred into the social product during production at any particular
stage plus the new value from the standard work-time workers require
during a current stage to produce and deliver new means of production
or services and articles of consumption.
This article was published in
Volume 51 Number 8 - March 21, 2021