Consumerism and its morality: 3 examples and 4 consequences

12 January, 2022 · Critique of ideology

consumerism

Consumerism is the ideology which claims that consumption is the center and driving force of social life and that the individual’s consumption choices are what define his or her position in the world. The backbone of the ideology of capitalism during its decadence, consumerism strongly permeates the morality that the system and its propaganda exude, aggravating the mercantile degradation of human relations and… neutering any frustration expressed through it.

Will there be restaurants under communism?

10 January, 2022 · History

Restaurants in China

In many parts of the world, restaurant work encapsulates the worst of precarization with the general meaninglessness of capitalist production. From “Michelin star” restaurants to fast food joints, every apparent advance in the art of cooking or the way of producing seems to be made at the expense of the workers, so our readers ask us if it is possible for restaurants – or something like them – to exist under communism.

What is the taxonomy of sustainable investments and what does the row over nuclear and gas mean between now and 2030?

9 January, 2022 · European Union

Nord Stream 2 in its German overland part: a type of investment that will benefit from the EU's sustainable investment taxonomy?
Nord Stream 2 in its German overland part: a type of investment that will benefit from the EU's sustainable investment taxonomy?

After a year of intense inter-country political battles and between industrial lobbyists and environmentalists, leaked documents from the European Commission now reveal that the proposed “taxonomy of sustainable investments” will include gas and nuclear power as “green energies”. At once Germany, Austria and Spain take a stand against nuclear power – while dodging the gas issue – while France and the 10 countries of the “nuclear bloc” rejoice. What is the real battle underneath all this? What is at stake and how will the outcome affect workers all over Europe?