Sonntag, 5. März 2017

Nafeez Ahmed's Book: Failing States, Collapsing Systems, Biophysical Triggers of Political Violence


Dear friends,

I know you as a politically interested person. You may even be a political activist. If you know me and my writings (, then you know that I have been writing since long about limits to growth, peak oil, unviability of renewable energies, the general ecological crisis, crisis of capitalism, the danger of collapsing states etc.
    Recently, Johny Rutherford, a young friend from Australia, informed me about a publication which has pleased me very much. It is a small book, just 94 pages, by Nafeez Ahmed entitled

Failing States, Collapsing Systems, Biophysical Triggers of Political Violence.

In it the author has collated all the relevant biophysical data – global as well as from various problem countries – that explain why countries like Somalia or Yemen have failed and why he thinks that even such a rich country like Saudi Arabia is in danger of becoming a failed state. Ahmed thinks that even China, the second biggest economy of the world today, and India, a self-styled emerging economic superpower, may suffer the same fate.
    After reading a review-summary of the book made by
Alice Friedman (see below), I find Ahmed's reasoning very convincing.
    The book is very dear, but the review-summary is available free of cost in the internet. I
appeal to all politically interested and active people to read at least the latter and forward it to all political decision makers and opinion leaders of their country (add also your appeal to them) plus to all those who are worried about the fate of their native country and humanity at large. I am going to do the same.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar


Alice Friedmann:

Montag, 13. Februar 2017

John Foran's Response


Dear Friends, 

after I posted my essay The Ecology Movement is Not a Social MovementA Response to John Foran's Article on the How-Question,, an online journal sponsored by the Post Carbon Institute (PCI) published it too. Thereupon, Foran published his response to my response in the said journal in the form of a letter to me. It is not just a comment, it is an article. I thought I should post the link to the article in my own blog, so that my readers who generally do not access are made aware of it. Here it is: 

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar


Freitag, 10. Februar 2017

The Ecology Movement is Not a Social Movement -- A Response to John Foran's Article on the How-Question


Dear friends, 

what I call the "how-question", i.e. how we could attain our goal(s), is very difficult to answer, particularly for ecologists, environmentalists, eco-socialists, eco-anarchists and others like them. I have been discussing this question with my friends and readers for many years now. There are some disagreements even among us.
    So I read with great interest a recent article by Prof. John Foran, in which he published his thoughts on this question. Here too there are points on which I disagree. I am particularly unhappy about how Foran reduced the goal itself to merely climate justice.

    I have now published my response to his article in my article entitled
The Ecology Movement is not a Social Movement – A Response to John Foran's Article on the How-Question 

I have posted it today on my blogsite 

 I hope you would find it interesting, and would be much obliged if you would distribute it among your political friends. A publication in other journals – unabridged and unaltered – is most welcome.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar


Samstag, 24. Dezember 2016

Trump's Victory -- What it Says to Us, What it Makes Me Think


Dear friends,

Trump's election to the office of the President of the USA has rattled many among us – leftists, socialists, ecologists, eco-socialists, liberal democrats, simply progressives etc. The first reactions are now over. Now is the time to analyze how a candidate with Trump's views and political positions could win. As we know, such election results are also possible in Europe. That is why a deeper than usual understanding of this phenomenon is needed. Otherwise, we can pack up our things and retire.
    Actually, generally speaking, a deep analysis of the current world situation is necessary before we can even begin to discuss what to do in this situation. My latest contribution to this analysis is the essay

Trump's Victory – What It Says to Us, What It Makes Me Think,

which I have published today in my blogsite

I hope this essay would prove to be useful. I would be much obliged if you distribute it among other interested people and/or publish it – unaltered and unabridged – in some other website.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar

PS. My friend Bruno Kern, with whom I founded the Initiative Eco-socialism, would be very glad to hear from you. His e-mail address is


Donnerstag, 13. Oktober 2016

Den Planeten Retten auf Amerikanisch -- eine kritische Rezension und einige Gedanken und Ideen


Liebe Freunde,

Bill McKibben von und The Climate Mobilization (TCM) haben vor Kurzem ihre Aktionspläne für die Rettung des Planeten veröffentlicht. Anfangs hatte ich gedacht, ich würde sie nicht lesen, denn sie müssten langweilig sein. Dann wurde ich aber neugierig, weil ein amerikanischer Freund mir schrieb, das Entwurf-Papier von TCM sei ein Durchbruch. So las ich die beiden Texte und schrieb auch meine Kommentare nieder – unter dem Titel

Saving the Planet, American Style – A Critical Review, and Some Thoughts and Ideas
(Den Planeten Retten auf Amerikanisch – eine kritische Rezension und einige Gedanken und Ideen) –

und veröffentlichte sie auf meiner Blogseite

Ich würde mich sehr freuen, wenn Sie den Text läsen. Ich wäre Ihnen auch sehr dankbar, wenn Sie ihn an Interessierte weiterleiteten. Er darf auch ungefragt weiter veröffentlicht werden.

Mit herzlichen Grüßen

Saral Sarkar

Montag, 25. Juli 2016

On The Decline of the Left -- The Debate Continues


Dear friends,

In the past, I have published some short texts on the above subject, actually critical comments on other writers' contributions. I think the debate needs to be continued. So I have again published two critical comments on articles written by two well-known Indian scholar-journalists. Like the former, I have posted also these two on my blogsite

I hope you would find them intersting. As always, I would be much obliged if you forward them to other politically interested persons.

With best wishes

Saral Sarkar

Sonntag, 12. Juni 2016

On the Viability of Renewable Energies


Dear friends,

For some years in the past, I more or less withdrew from the debate/discussion on the above subject. We were not making any progress. The optimists continued repeating like a religious mantra ("100% renewables") that in 20-30 years all energy needs of human society will be (can be) supplied through renewables. No arguments of the skeptics like me were being taken seriously. I gave up, saying "Just wait another 10 years! By then the issue will have been decided." I started saying that about five years ago. But already now it appears that the optimists are no longer so sure as before. From an article published by Ugo Bardi, a member of the Club of Rome, I gather that more and more people, even experts, are expressing their skepticism. So I again joined the debate. I have now posted my interventions in the form of a blog entitled

    Once More on the Viability of Renewable Energies

on my blogsite

I hope you would find it interesting. I would also request you to distribute it among similarly interested political activists.

With best wishes
Saral Sarkar