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Vol. 17, November 2015 Moving towards an alternative eco-socialist order in South Africa.
By Jacklyn Cock
Prospects for a ‘new liberation struggle” in South Africa partly depends on a vision of an alternative social order. This article argues that a transformative vision of a just transition to a low carbon economy could contain the embryo of an eco-socialist order. The anti-capitalist nature of such an alternative is related to the growing recognition that the fundamental cause of the deepening environmental crisis, which is having devastating impacts on the working class, is the expansionist logic of capitalism. This recognition is promoting new forms of organisation and alliances between both labour and environmental activists. This new solidarity contains the promise of a new kind of socialism that is ethical, ecological and democratic.

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