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A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal

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In the twenty-first century, all politics are climate politics.

The age of climate gradualism is over, as unprecedented disasters are exacerbated by inequalities of race and class. We need profound, radical change. A Green New Deal can tackle the climate emergency and rampant inequality at the same time. Cutting carbon emissions while winning immediate gains for the many is
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Verso Books
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Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites
Lucid and inspirational, A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal clearly outlines what a GND would entail and considers how its core policies might be swiftly implemented. The co-authors write easy-to-read prose and seamlessly embed the United States' social and political history into their discussion of what needs to change in the nation, if global climate catastrophe's to be averted. Wealthy countries and the capitalist elite in particular, the book stresses, are mostly responsible for ...more
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
the left now has vision and now has plans. It is about damn time. This is a manifesto for the future not a forensic of past woes. I am tired of getting clobbered by the reactionary forces of the past I am ready for something new and exciting in politics that goes in the right direction. Dare I say it is a new modernism which I can get behind. Progress can be a thing again this book lays out a vision around the green new deal for solving a host of structural problems around capitalism and our ...more
Sean Estelle
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every word here is urgently necessary and drives towards the articulation of a political program for a radical, ecosocialist Green New Deal. In many ways, this is an expanded pamphlet/broadside more than an entire book - but that doesnt detract from the ideas laid out here in the least. I wish there had been more space for deepening the vision of a transformed built and natural environment than just in the intro and conclusion, but even those passages serving as a bookend were gorgeous. This is ...more
Patrick M.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-nature
Very interesting and incredibly detailed in certain areas. However, could have used less snark about urbanists, and more discussion of what "democratic planning" actually means.

Overall, it's kind of a "two cheers for New Hipster Socialism" for me. Despite the frequent invocation of democratic planning and diversity, there's some very retro twitchiness towards a "bigger-is-better"/Soviet futurism vision which doesn't leave much room for the local, the small, the particular. In the chapter on
Montana Goodman
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Strong and informed, this book will bring out the best in you. And that is exactly what we need in order to bring about a safer, more egalitarian, more democratic world not just for those of us in the US but all over the world. I will be reading this again soon!
Antonio Ceté
El tema de la temporada. Muy yanki, bien de ideas.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We should all be organizing in an urgent way in favor of an anti-racist Green New Deal. This book is a good reminder about what's at stake and just how quickly we need to act. Confrontation with oil and gas companies, whose business models are incompatible with averting climate crisis, will be necessary - and utilities companies who value their bottom lines over their roles in extreme weather events (like deadly fires in California) have to be held accountable. But this book lays out not only ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will absolutely recommend this book to my friends. It is simply one of the best books on GND as a systematic solution to our current climate crisis (and more). The freedom to part in conclusion really moved me. ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Excellent contribution to the debate around the need for a radical transformation of our society, which needs to go further than individual changes in our individual lives and instead has to completely change how we organise society: the role of production and leisure time, the use of technology, housing, transportation, urban planning, etc.

The authors have made an immense effort to synthesise the urgency of the climate crisis, the need for mass, grassroot movements, the importance of political
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy to read, clear, straight to the point introduction to the principles and especially *vision* of an ecosocialist Green New Deal. The authors will not bore you with policy details, but instead focus on the stakes of a GND and innovative components that might be included in such a world. These include trying fossil fuel execs for criminal offenses; nationalizing and democratizing the energy grid; shorter work weeks and new forms of public leisure; supply-chain solidarity; new public housing ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a handy guide to what a Green New Deal could look like and explanation of why it is needed, with a useful exploration of the original New Deal as a possible template for it, including its shortcomings. Highly recommended for people that might need convincing or as an antidote to climate despair one often finds among liberals.
The downside of the book is that if youre already a convinced eco-socialist then you wont learn anything new, and you might be disappointed that the book stops
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
A Planet to Win takes the dire issue of climate catastrophe and the policy framework of a Green New Deal and produces a set of serious but optimistic goals for an eco-socialist future along with ideas on how to achieve them that extend beyond just a blueprint for a piece of legislation. The authors ground this vision in existing social movement work both inside and outside the US, a number of relevant studies, analysis of the successes, failures and errors of the original New Deal, references to ...more
Daniel C.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We live in strange times. We're trapped inside a political and economic system that is set on a course towards endless catastrophe. In the US, the official response is one of two flavors of denial: one political party outright denies what's happening, the other makes a great show of "believing in science" while rejecting any action commensurate with the size of the problem.

This book plots one possible off-ramp towards a livable future: a radical Green New Deal. The guiding principle here is that
Matthew Alampay Davis
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm broadly in favor of the Green New Deal and liked much of Naomi Klein's recent book "On Fire" which is something akin to a moral argument for the framework. This is meant to be something like a preview of what a GND would actually look like, but I feel the tone and quality of writing do huge disservices to the book. It's obviously not written to convince skeptics but rather to affirm those who've already mostly bought in, which can be fine, but I probably would not have bought it had I known ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book offers really clear and coherent explanations of what a Green New Deal could look like, and what we need to do to get there. I particularly loved the discussions about social housing, energy infrastructure, and mobilizing labor power. This book articulated how we should expand our view of what "green jobs" look like far beyond the clean energy sector and into healthcare, food production, education, and care work. I also think that they did a great job of discussing internationalism, ...more
Alexander Tas
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Highlights a lot of the central tenets of the Green New Deal from the leftist perspective. It probably doesn't have a lot of new things for people who have followed the process, but it does contain a lot of drive. There is a fight in this book that legislation would not be able to capture. It's an invigorating read that provides reasons for a green new deal along with tangible steps forward, and things to fight for. It did address specific concerns I had, but even so, it makes it absolutely ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Nationalize energy and utility companies, try fossil fuel executives for human rights crimes, job guarantee, unions, strikes, working less, rethinking work, national grid, new and "smart" green housing, electric buses, lots of parks, renewable energy supply chains, reducing energy demand, "eco-coloniality", "eco-apartheid", sustainable trade, environmental justice, fighting nativism, imagining viscerally a future of true environmental and economic freedom.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A short and accessible call to research, direct action, and creative world-building necessary for achieving a just transition. I most enjoyed the history of the New Deals Rural Electrification Administration (today, the USDAs Rural Utility Services) and the difficult question of lithium extraction in Chile, virtually required for electric vehicle battery production. Many other historical and international examples provide grist for the imaginative industrial policy mill. ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
Obey, you mindless drones said Aronoff! The End is near and God will punish you for your sins!
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
important and good
katie ✨
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, adult, politics
Stunning. This should be a staple read for climate activists and curious, normal people alike
Jamie Hall
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Necessary and energizing. And - I'm shocked to say this about a book about the climate crisis - it was an absolute joy to read.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is correct.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it

Comprehensive - though the excerpt on lithium was mind-numbing.
Emma Soucy
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautifully optimistic with a couple unanswered specifics, but for the most part very thorough and persuasive at painting the image of what a better world could look like.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of ideas for solving the immense problems around climate disruption. They cannot be solved without interconnectedness.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
"It's almost as if a great many of us have collectively stopped believing that there is a future, let alone that it could be better, in many ways, than the present."
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book is incredibly good!
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