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  1. Roy Ratcliffe March 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm |

    I am pleased that someone else is recognising Marx’s contribution to the ecological question which many if not most Marxists have neglected. Here are a couple more.

    “For the first time, nature becomes purely an object for humankind, purely a matter of utility…the theoretical discovery of its autonomous laws appears as a ruse so as to subjugate it…whether as an object of consumption or as a means of production.” (Marx. Grundrisse. Page 410. Penguin 1973.)  

    “is, first of all, a process…by which man through his own actions, mediates, regulates and controls the metabolism between himself and nature…It is the universal condition for the metabolic interaction between man and nature, the everlasting nature-imposed condition of human existence.” (Capital Volume 1.)

    “Nature is mans inorganic body – that is, insofar as it is not itself human body. Man lives on nature – means nature is his body, with which he must remain in continuous interchange if he is not to die. That man’s physical and spiritual life is linked to nature means simply that nature is linked to itself, for man is part of nature.” (Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts 1844)

    But this is not the only issue many Marxist have failed to grasp. See for example “Marxists against Marx” at



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