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Opadanje ili propadanje: globalna tranzicija u održivo društvo


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Rajačić, Damjan. (2016). Opadanje ili propadanje: globalna tranzicija u održivo društvo. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Sociology. [mentor Cifrić, Ivan and Kalanj, Rade].

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A sustainable society is a society that maintains a rational metabolic relation of interchange of matter and energy with nature. Because of its systemic drive to continually accumulate capital (which also means a constant increase in the throughput and consumption of energy and matter), capitalism does not have and cannot achieve a rational metabolic relation with nature. It creates and deepens the metabolic rift on a planetary level. If we are to avoid a collapse of the planetary ecosystem, a timely and complete global systemic transition from capitalism to a sustainable social system is needed. The accumulation of capital and the continuation of capitalism is based on the exploitation of labor and nature. The conflict between labor (i.e., the global proletariat) and capital will lead to either a decline or a collapse of the global social system. A controlled and equitable decrease in the flow of energy and matter through the social system can only be achieved by democratizing energy and the means of production, by transcending capitalism through a systemic transition to an egalitarian and sustainable society. This paper examines several viable and complementary options that would enable such a global transition, i.e., a democratically controlled decline. These options are ecosocialist democratic planning, the double transformation from capitalism to green socialism, and the transitional demand for 120 million global public climate jobs.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: accumulation of capital, planetary metabolic rift, collapse, decline, democratic planning, green socialism, climate jobs
Subjects: Sociology
Departments: Department of Sociology
Supervisor: Cifrić, Ivan and Kalanj, Rade
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 11:35
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 13:34

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