Why We Need to Grow an Ecosocialist Party in America: Part 2

When America is ready for ideas that work, we’ll need political leaders who are ready with ideas that work

Steve Genco
15 min readDec 5, 2023

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An image of three podiums on a stage in front of an audience. Left and right podiums are blue and red, respectively, representing liberal and conservative parties. The smaller podium, in the middle, represents a new green party I call the Ecosocialist Party.
Original image from University of Miami News. Modified with AI function in Canva to turn the middle podium from orange to green.

This is Part 2 of my discussion of how ecosocialism might come to America. Part 1 is here. Although America is far from ready for ecosocialist solutions — in fact, it harbors so much resistance to the fundamental precepts of ecosocialism that these ideas have little currency in mainstream American political discourse today — my argument here is that there will come a time, soon, when old mental models will fall and a struggling nation will finally begin to consider radical alternatives. In this piece, I attempt to describe how and when America might come to this point, as climate change and resource depletion wreak havoc across the land.

Climate crises, resource depletion, energy descent, and degrowth

Many have speculated about how climate change and resource depletion will trigger (or are already triggering) our descent from the carbon-powered plateau humanity enjoys today (source). This is the path I have called involuntary degrowth. Milestones likely to appear along this path include:

  1. Climate damage, initially in the more-vulnerable Global South, will result in disruptions in global production and agriculture, leading to shortages and price increases for food and consumer goods in the Global North. Growth (as measured by GDP) will decline.
  2. Because Central Banks will interpret price increases as demand-driven inflation, they will drive up interest rates, causing financial chaos among America’s highly-indebted wage earners. These efforts will fail to control prices, because the source of volatility will be external supply, not internal demand, and national Central Banks have no leverage over international energy and food prices.
  3. Meanwhile, extreme weather events will continue to escalate in frequency and severity, disrupting economic flows and resource stocks around the world.
  4. Escalating prices and endless climate disasters will sap the financial resilience of even the richest countries. Economic output will decline and GDP will decline further, leading…

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Steve Genco

Steve is author of Intuitive Marketing (2019) & Neuromarketing for Dummies (2013). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.