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Prosperity Marxism – Episode 9: Escape from Planet of the Humans

Michael Pelias, Peter Brat­sis and John Clark dis­cuss Plan­et of the Humans – a 2019 Amer­i­can envi­ron­men­tal doc­u­men­tary film writ­ten, direct­ed, by Jeff Gibbs and pro­duced by Michael Moore. 

John Clark is a native of the Island of New Orleans, where his fam­i­ly has lived for twelve gen­er­a­tions. He is Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus at Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty, where he was for­mer­ly Gre­go­ry F. Curtin Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Humane Let­ters and the Pro­fes­sions, Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy, and a mem­ber of the Envi­ron­ment Pro­gram. He is Coor­di­na­tor of La Terre Insti­tute for Com­mu­ni­ty and Ecol­o­gy, (http://​www​.lat​er​re​in​sti​tute​.org/) which spon­sors cours­es, projects and events in New Orleans and on eighty-sev­en acres on Bay­ou La Terre, near the Mis­sis­sip­pi Gulf Coast. Its pro­grams are aimed at social and eco­log­i­cal regen­er­a­tion and the cre­ation of a coop­er­a­tive, non-dom­i­nat­ing earth com­mu­ni­ty. He also works with the Insti­tute for the Rad­i­cal Imag­i­na­tion in New York. 

John Clark is the author of numer­ous books and arti­cles including: 

The Impos­si­ble Com­mu­ni­ty: Real­iz­ing Com­mu­ni­tar­i­an Anarchism 

Between Earth and Empire: From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community 

His web­site can be found at: www​.john​pclark​.info

Plan­et of the Humans: https://​plan​etofthe​hu​mans​.com/

A basic the­sis of the film is that green ener­gy can­not solve the prob­lem of soci­ety’s expand­ing resource deple­tion, which is by def­i­n­i­tion unsus­tain­able giv­en that the Earth is finite. The film argues that green ener­gy sources, includ­ing bio­mass ener­gy, wind pow­er, and solar ener­gy, are not tru­ly renew­able or sus­tain­able. The film has been crit­i­cized as out­dat­ed and mis­lead­ing. The film was removed from YouTube on 25 May 2020 in response to a claim of copy­right infringe­ment. The film­mak­er respond­ed, “There is absolute­ly no copy­right vio­la­tion in my film. This is just anoth­er attempt by the film’s oppo­nents to sub­vert the right to free speech.” 

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