eco-socialism

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In the United States and elsewhere, socialist candidates have seen more electoral success when running outside of the simple plurality, winner-take-all voting system that corrals voters and movements into "lesser of two evils" thinking. Ranked Choice Voting and Proportional Representation are key election reforms that will help pry open the duopolistic control of the Democratic and Republican parties' cartel and facilitate more representation from under-represented communities. This panel will make the argument that, no matter what party socialists choose to run in now, fighting for and winning these reforms will grant The Left more room to maneuver and greater electoral success -- making it an essential project for those serious about political revolution. Recent fights and victories around RCV and voting reform will be analyzed, along with how to apply their lessons in local organizing.

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The Green New Deal proposal has reframed social issues as ecological issues, and ecological issues as political issues. This panel explores the Green New Deal as a political battlefield, a space within which different ideas, proposals, and possibilities for managing the future come into play. We explore the role of agriculture, the global south, resource extraction, and paths to a sustainable and just future in light of the reshaping of the political battlefield through the Green New Deal proposals.