Ian Angus examines how the 19th century metabolic rift in agriculture that so concerned Karl Marx triggered a pollution crisis in the world’s largest city
Excuse me if I brag, but I’m very proud of this.
C&C previously reported that the latest Monthly Review “is a special double issue devoted to explaining and expanding the ecological critique embodied in Marx’s theory of metabolic rift.”
I’m pleased and honored that the editors chose to include my new article, Cesspools, Sewage, and Social Murder: Environmental Crisis and Metabolic Rift in Nineteenth-Century London.
It’s the longest piece so far in my series of articles on metabolic rifts, the result of months of research into a subject that has not been much discussed in modern ecosocialist analysis: how the 19th century metabolic rift in agriculture, which so concerned Karl Marx, caused an unprecedented environmental crisis in London, killing tens of thousands of working people and shortening the lives of many more.
The solution that was finally adopted, one of the largest engineering projects the world had seen until then, only shifted the crisis out of sight. London’s solution was copied by most major cities in Europe and the Americas, setting the stage for even greater crises in our time.
Unlike many other journals, Monthly Review makes its articles available to readers who are unable to afford or access the print edition, posting them online in the weeks following print publication. Effective today, Cesspools, Sewage, and Social Murder appears in full on the MR website. Click here to read it now.
As always, your comments, criticisms and corrections are more than welcome.