Six new books on Marx’s ecosocialist views, climate change and health, theory and action, inevitability versus contingency in evolution, new politics, and the meaning of Capital
István Mészáros, one of the finest political philosophers of our time, died on October 1. As this article shows, he was one of the first Marxists to identify the global environmental crisis as a central contradiction of late capitalism.
The authors’ command of ecology is not limited to Marx’s concept of metabolic rift. They lay out the facts of the eco-crisis and potential cures, minus cant and jargon.
We now face the challenge of changing the world in the context of impending environmental disaster on a global scale. That’s reality in our time.
Paul Burkett and John Bellamy Foster answer left-green critics of ecological Marxism with a detailed study of what the founders of historical materialism actually wrote and thought about humanity’s present and future relationship to the earth
Martin Empson says Ian Angus’s new book makes the case for a renewed synthesis between science and the humanities, using the insights offered by both to develop a strategy for action.
In the Introduction to his new book, Ian Angus says ecosocialism must be based on a careful and deliberate synthesis of Marxist social science and Earth System science — a twenty-first century rebirth of scientific socialism.
Seven essential essays and reports for activists who aim to change the world and save the world
Should ecosocialists reject a program that includes carbon pricing? Ian Angus and John Bellamy Foster reply to Daniel Tanuro’s criticism of their approach.
The climate movement is central, but we have to fight on all fronts, combining broad defense of human rights and opposition to war and imperialism, with the fight to save Earth as a place of human habitation.
Ian Angus’s new book of ‘essential debates at the intersections of socialism and science’ will be available soon. Here’s what some early readers say about it.
Can Marxism strengthen our understanding of ecological crises? The author of Marx’s Ecology replies to a critic on metabolic rift, sustainable human development, degrowth, population growth, and industrialism.
“Climate change is far more than a technological issue. It poses the fundamental question of a global alternative to this mode of production.”
Essential reading for red-greens and green reds: Monthly Review Press announces new titles by Ian Angus, Kohei Saito, Chris Williams and Fred Magdoff
From the archive: Why capitalism is destroying the earth, and why socialism is the only path to human survival in this century.
To understand what ecological restoration will involve, we need to see clearly what is happening, what processes are taking place, what is irreversible, what can be refused, what can be overcome.
The authors of this book have very little to say about the Anthropocene, the crisis of the Earth System, or the new global epoch, and most of what they do say is misleading or wrong.
Long before the Anthropocene Working Group reported on the new epoch, Yrjö Haila and Richard Levins argued that global ecohistory entered a new stage sometime after World War II
The German daily Junge Welt interviews John Bellamy Foster on capitalism’s destruction of nature, ecological Marxism from Marx’s time to the present, and the environmental crisis as a class issue.
Ian Angus: “We must have a concrete materialist understanding of how our world works and is changing. Without that, our political views would be floating in mid-air, with no concrete foundation.”