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Capitalism and Degrowth—An Impossibility Theorem

John Bellamy Foster on the movement to halt capitalist growth, without halting capitalism… According to the Web site of the European degrowth project, “degrowth carries the idea of a voluntary reduction of the size of the economic system which implies a reduction of the GDP.” “Voluntary” here points to the emphasis on voluntaristic solutions—though not […]

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Karl Marx, Ecologist

“Even an entire society, a nation, or all simultaneously existing societies taken together, are not owners of the earth. They are simply its possessors, its beneficiaries, and have to bequeath it in an improved state to succeeding generations.” (more…)

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The Myth of the Tragedy of the Commons

Commons

Will shared resources always be misused and overused? Is community ownership of land, forests and fisheries a guaranteed road to ecological disaster? By Ian Angus Update: See also A reply to criticisms and questions about this article Will shared resources always be misused and overused? Is community ownership of land, forests and fisheries a guaranteed road to […]

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Ecology Against Capitalism

“An ecological approach to the economy is about having enough, not having more.” — John Bellamy Foster Who says Marx wasn’t green? John Bellamy Foster. Ecology Against Capitalism. Monthly Review Press, New York, 2002. 160 pages. reviewed by William Bowles ‘For the first time … nature becomes purely an object for humankind, purely a matter […]

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