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Murderous Global Heat Waves Ravage the Planet...
Without Revolution, the Capitalist Death Grip Will Bake Us Alive

 At a garbage dump on the outskirts of Jammu, India, June 19, 2024, man drinks water in the shade of trash.


 Trying to escape the heat at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Jammu, India, June 19, 2024.     Photo: AP

From Central America to the Mediterranean countries of Europe and North Africa... from India to the Middle East, and the U.S. to Mexico... much of the planet is in the grip of deadly heat waves. These global heat waves have already killed thousands of people this year—including over 1,300 in Saudi Arabia as part of the Hajj, or Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. In India, a months-long heat wave has killed over 100 people, afflicted over 40,000 others with heatstroke, and is fueling dangerous water shortages.

In Mexico, which has been in the grips of sweltering heat since March, at least 125 people have died and thousands more suffered heat stroke in late May and June. Temperatures there reached 125 degrees Fahrenheit on June 13—the hottest day ever recorded in Mexico in the month of June. A recent study by climate scientists of the World Weather Attribution (WWA) found that this heat wave in Mexico and much of Central America was 35 TIMES MORE LIKELY because of human-caused climate change. 

In all, nearly FIVE BILLION (!) PEOPLE were forced to endure extreme temperatures in June, pushing many to the brink of what humans can survive. 

The Planet Is Boiling, Capitalism-Imperialism Is the On Switch

Many of these heat waves, like the one currently baking much of the United States, are the result of what’s called a heat dome. Heat domes cause hot air to become concentrated close to the Earth’s surface due to a high-pressure area forming in the atmosphere. This prevents the hotter air from dissipating, trapping it like a lid traps heat in a pot.

Graphic explaining heat dome from NOAA, 2024.


(click to expand)    Graphic: NOAA/pub. by Al Jazeera

And why is this happening? It is the system of capitalism-imperialism and the catastrophic climate crisis it has brought about. 

Let's step back. Global temperatures have risen 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-1800s when capitalist industrialization took hold and spread on a massive scale. Climate change is caused mainly by the burning of fossil fuels—oil, natural gas, and coal. Fossil fuels emit carbon dioxide, a gas that traps heat in the atmosphere. 

And what's the connection to capitalism? The answer is that fossil fuels have been highly profitable to produce... and their use in industry and agriculture, in the generation of power, and in transport has been vital to the profitable functioning of the capitalist-imperialist system as a whole. Capitalism is ruled by competition for profit and more profit, based on exploitation. The health of the planet and humanity be damned!

A 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit rise in global temperatures may not seem like a lot. But this temperature increase has dangerous and devastating effects on the delicate ecological balances and life-support systems of the planet. We are experiencing more frequent and more intense heat waves—along with climate change’s other nightmarish consequences: rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storms, the destruction of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems, mass die-offs of species, and the depletion (using up) of safe-for-human consumption water sources, among others. 

And how are the leaders of this system in the U.S., the country most responsible for the climate crisis, responding to it? By declaring a global emergency and calling for an immediate halt to the burning of fossil fuels, the main source of global warming, as any rational leader would do? The exact opposite, in fact. 

A System Utterly Unfit to Repair and Protect the Planet

Exhibit A: Under Joe Biden, leader of the Democratic Party that claims they are “committed to curbing the effects of climate change,” oil and natural gas production have reached all-time record highs! Read that sentence again. Meanwhile, the other major section of the ruling class, the Republi-fascists, deny that climate change exists at all! They want to INCREASE the speed at which this system is driving humanity and the planet off a cliff. A choice between a very fast death for humanity and a slower one is NOT a meaningful choice—and it is not our ONLY choice, either.

Exhibit B: On June 28, the fascist-dominated Supreme Court overturned what’s called “the Chevron doctrine,” which allows agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make rules and regulations protecting the air, water, and land from pollutants. As terribly insufficient as these regulations are, this is a stark example of the utter ecocidal madness of this system, barreling humanity even faster toward a deadly precipice. 

Exhibit C: For all the hype about renewable energy (like solar and wind) and a “green energy” transition, there is NO “phaseout” of fossil fuels: fossil fuels account  for 80 percent of U.S. energy consumption. The inconvenient truth is that renewable energy is not nearly as profitable as fossil fuel production. Or to put it differently, it's not fucking profitable to fix the climate. 

Exhibit D: This is an existential climate crisis that knows no borders. Addressing this crisis demands unprecedented global scientific, technological, and economic cooperation and planning. Yet the world imperialist powers, with the U.S.—#1 plunderer of the environment and its people—leading the charge, are turning solar energy into an arena of trade war and competition. The U.S. and European Union (the trade bloc of European countries) are in competition with imperialist China in the solar power energy sector. They are limiting solar cell and solar panel imports (and electric vehicles) from China—seeking to undercut China's renewable energy production.

This is insanity! Meanwhile, some 489,000 people die each year due to heat-related causes.

Climate scientists for years have repeatedly warned the world that in terms of stopping the worst effects of the climate crisis that is putting the very survival of humanity at risk, we are in a “now or never” moment. They have made the scientific case that we must immediately reduce the burning of fossil fuels to near zero. Yet what these scientists have not  said, but what is as scientifically accurate as the existence of the climate crisis and its impacts is this:

To address climate change, we need system change... and to bring about the necessary system change, to the liberating and sustainable socialism set out in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America... we need revolution.   

The climate crisis and these deadly heat waves bring to life the stakes of what we are facing—and this timely truth from the revolutionary leader Bob Avakian, author of that constitution: 

We, the people of the world, can no longer afford to allow these imperialists to continue to dominate the world and determine the destiny of humanity. They need to be overthrown as quickly as possible. And it is a scientific fact that we do not have to live this way. 

There is no time to waste. Get with the vision, strategy, and plan for the revolution to emancipate humanity and save the planet.

From Revolution Number 19, "Yes, a radically different and much better world really is possible!" @BobAvakianOfficial:

This capitalist system that we are now forced to live under has long since developed into a system of international exploitation and oppression—the system of capitalism-imperialismThis system is long outmoded—long past its expiration date, long past any circumstances where it could play any positive role.

And here is the most profound and essential truth in all this: With all the very real horror this has involved, the development of human society, up to and through capitalism, has created the basis for a world without all those horrors. The basis exists now—the technology, knowledge and scientific foundation—to provide a decent and continually enriched life, in an all-around way, for everyone on this earth, without any oppressive divisions among human beings.

And the basis exists for human beings to finally become fit caretakers of the earth as a whole.

The fundamental force preventing this from happening is this system of capitalism-imperialism, which rules in this country and dominates the world. This system treats as the “private property,” of a few, the productive capacity and productive knowledge of human beings, which has been produced through the physical and intellectual labor of masses—of billions—of people. This system is driven by ruthless competition and conflict between different capitalist exploiters and different capitalist countries—leading to the ongoing, accelerating destruction of the environment, and the continual wars, posing a growing danger to the future and the very existence of humanity.

This system has to go—and be replaced by a system based on collective ownership by the people of the productive means that human beings everywhere have created—utilizing this for the benefit of human beings as a whole, now and for future generations: a socialist system, aiming for a communist world where relations of exploitation and oppression, and the culture that goes along with and reinforces those relations, will be eliminated and uprooted, and humanity can truly flourish—with a continually developing scientific approach, building on everything from the past that can contribute to this emancipating future, drawing from the rich diversity of human beings, enabling a flowering of all the people who make up the human race, in the context and on the foundation of cooperation and mutual benefit.

This is not just an impossible dream. It is a real possibility—a possibility that can be made a reality through the revolution that sweeps away the truly monstrous system of capitalism-imperialism and sets humanity on the road to communism.

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From the genocide in Gaza, to the growing threat of world war between nuclear powers, to escalating environmental devastation… the capitalist-imperialist system ruling over us is a horror for billions around the world and is tearing up the fabric of life on earth. Now the all-out battle within the U.S. ruling class, between fascist Republicans and war criminal Democrats, is coming to a head—likely during, or before, the coming elections—ripping society apart unlike anything since the Civil War.

Bob Avakian (BA), revolutionary leader and author of the new communism, has developed a strategy to prepare for and make revolution. He’s scientifically analyzed that this is a rare time when an actual revolution has become more possible, and has laid out the sweeping vision, solid foundation and concrete blueprint for “what comes next,” in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America.

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