Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

July 18, 2021

Even Noah Would Be Amazed

Filed under: Ecology,Manuel Garcia Jr. — louisproyect @ 3:48 pm

(I am not sure I have provided any background on Manuel Garcia Jr. but suffice it to say that anything he writes on the environment is a must-read. He is a retired physicist who is a fellow contributor to CounterPunch that I first met over a decade ago when I was answering 911 Truthers. In a series of articles for CounterPunch, Manuel used his professional expertise to debunk “controlled explosives” and other elements of the conspiracy theory that it was an “inside job”. Manuel has a deeply profound understanding of the potentially apocalyptic nature of uncontrolled economic growth and expresses himself in elegant prose. I urge you to bookmark his website and pay careful attention to anything he writes that is crossposted here.)

By Manuel Garcia Jr.

A extensive televised BBC News story of 16 July 2021, titled “Catastrophic flooding across western Europe as politicians blame climate change,” showed the devastation caused by the rapid massive flooding in the region of Western Europe at the confluence of the borders of Germany, Belgium, France and Luxembourg during the third week of July 2021, when three times the monthly average of rainfall was dumped in only a day or two. In that report, the likely next Prime Minister of Germany forthrightly assigned blame for the catastrophe to global warming climate change, and urged serious and immediate national, European and world action to counter it by reducing anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide.


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  1. I’ve been reading Manuel Garcia Jr’s reflections for years now, but he can still make me blink in surprise. It’s his scope that amazes. A man of science, he never throws figures and details out without enough help for us to catch them. Another day he’ll talk up a popular song, add a photo he’s taken or offer, with a blush, one of his poems. Sometimes his reach makes me smile and open an encyclopedia. He finished his blog piece “Freedom-Loving As Denial Of Truth And Freedom” (July 15,’21) with “In the end, tragically, it all comes down to the Melian Debate in Thucydides.” Another blog piece, “Some Thoughts About My Cuba” (March 8, ’21) is a good place to make Manuel’s acquaintance. He talks about his father there and ever since I’ve felt I’d missed out on something by never meeting the man who made him Junior.

    Comment by Peter Byrne — July 21, 2021 @ 5:47 pm

  2. I “met” both Peter Byrne and Louis Proyect in 2003, when I began to have articles published by Swans.com (now ended), though it took years before we became more aware of each other. I have learned a great deal from both men: obviously anything having to do with Marxism and current events from Louis, and much about literature from Peter Byrne.

    With Peter, it is not just the many, many details and insights he has about authors, writing and literature, but also the qualities of his style (the art) of his written expression. And like Louis, Peter is quite aware politically (and has often enough made incisive comments of such).

    At the moment I am reading a biography of Samuel Beckett (“Damned to Fame”, by James Knowlson) because Peter had tossed off a comment that mentions it, and said comment is something I just have to know the full meaning behind. I always look forward to Peter’s comments and criticisms (yes, he’s given me those too: more learning).

    As to the Melian Debate in Thucydides, anyone interested in politics, especially international politics (and most particularly imperialism) should know about it. It presents a fundamental truth that is more general than any ideology.

    As to my “Some Thoughts About My Cuba”, yes that is the closest “reveal” about me personally, and what experiences shaped my “global” perspective.

    Both of these men have very keen minds, and that is such a pleasure to interact with: it prods me to “up my game.”

    Comment by manuelgarciajr — July 22, 2021 @ 3:32 am

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