Jason Mark and Kevin Danaher

Kevin Danaher is a cofounder of the human-rights group Global Exchange. Jason Mark sits on the organization's board of directors. They are the coauthors of Insurrection: Citizen Challenges to Corporate Power. This article originally appeared in the group's winter newsletter.

With big biz jumping on the green bandwagon, should activists cheer or jeer?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” It’s time for greens to co-opt corporations. Photo: iStockphoto If so, then the growth of the green economy — embraced by corporations, heralded by politicians — marks something of an IQ test for the progressive movement. How can we at once celebrate companies that move toward better practices while acknowledging how much farther they need to go? The signs of change are everywhere. General Electric and BP …

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