Tobita Chow

Confronting Neoliberalism: A Conversation with Tobita Chow

Confronting Neoliberalism: A Conversation with Tobita Chow
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In early 2016, The People’s Lobby published “The Movement We Need,” a strategy to challenge neoliberalism that anticipates many of the ideas that have become even more important in the #Resistance era – the need to counter nationalism with internationalism; the relationship between race, gender, and class inequality; and the significance of elections. We invited one of the report’s co-authors, Tobita Chow, to reflect on the report in light of political developments in the last year. Watch the extended interview here:

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  • Peter Belmont
    Peter Belmont January 27, 2018 at 12:30 am

    My chief issue for a few years has been global warming/climate change (manmade climate disruption). My assumption is that the USA (federal level) has been inactive or denialist on “climate” because among the oligarchic controlling group (CEOs of big corporations, billionaires) the only “actors” on “climate” have been the denialists (e.g. oil companies, gas companies, Koch Brothers) and all the other oligarchs have remained silent.

    Why did so many remain silent in light of the dreadful threat of manmade climate disruption? Well, presumably because their shareholders are presumed to want short-term profits and care nothing for the future of the earth-system.

    OK, but among their shareholders are large pension funds, often public-employee pension funds, and these large investors should be presumed to “care about the future” as ordinary human beings — with children and grandchildren in actuality or in imagination — do.

    So the politics for RESISTANCE would seem to be, in this scenario, to call on the big pension funds to VOTE their shares and exert their investment power to move those CEOs to use their money (for lobbying and campaign finance) to work against manmade climate disruption rather than ignoring it and allowing the denialists to have all the power.

    Thoughts?

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