Facing the Anthropocene: An Update

24 November 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

A network of global rifts

Recent scientific work strengthens and extends the arguments in Ian Angus’s pathbreaking book on fossil capitalism and the crisis of the Earth System


by Ian Angus

I’ve been pleased and deeply honored by the international response to my book Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and  the Crisis of the Earth System (Monthly Review Press, 2016). Now in its fourth printing in the US, it has also been published in India by Aakar Books, in French by Éditions Écosociété, in Italian by Asterios Editore, and in German by Unrast Verlag.

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Silvia Federici: The exploitation of women and the development of capitalism

10 November, 2020 — Liberation School

By Jodi Dean

Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch is a classic work of anti-capitalist feminism. The book examines capitalism’s investment in sexism and racism, showing how the consolidation of the capitalist system depended on the subjugation of women, the enslavement of black and indigenous people, and the exploitation of the colonies. Federici demonstrates that unpaid labor–especially that of women confined to the domestic sphere and of enslaved workers–is a necessary support for waged labor.

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Books: The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology

13 November 2020 —  Climate & Capitalism

Essential Reading
Bulletin: On the day this review was published, it was announced that The Return of Nature has won this year’s Deutscher Memorial Prize, awarded annually to “a book which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about the Marxist tradition.”

John Bellamy Foster’s brilliant recovery of a century of ecological and socialist thought will inform, enable, and inspire a new generation of reds and greens


John Bellamy Foster
THE RETURN OF NATURE
Socialism and Ecology

Monthly Review Press, 2020

reviewed by Peter Critchley

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Corporate Watch: New book coming soon!

13 November 2020 — Corporate Watch

Corporate Watch will soon publish a new book: ‘TECH: A Guide to the Politics and Philosophy of Technology’, continuing our long standing focus on technology.

For as long as Corporate Watch has been around we have worked on technology related issues. Back in the ’90s we supported the anti-Genetic Modification movement which had huge successes in opposing corporate controlled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) being forced on an uninformed and unwilling public.

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A People’s Guide to Capitalism

5 November, 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

It’s not easy to explain Marx’s economics in a clear, straightforward and entertaining way. Nobody has done it better than Hadas Thier.


Michael Roberts is a UK-based Marxist economist. His most recent book is Engels 200: His Contribution to Political Economy


Hadas Thier
A PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM
An Introduction to Marxist Economics

Haymarket Books, 2020

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Guardian-Friendly Omissions – ‘This Land’ By Owen Jones

23 October 2020 — Origin: Media Lens
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In his latest book, ‘This Land – The Story of a Movement’ (Penguin, ebook version, 2020), the Guardian’s Owen Jones charts the rise and fall of Jeremy Corbyn.

Jones depicts Corbyn as a ‘scruffy,’ (p.8), ‘unkempt’ (p.50), thoroughly shambolic backbench MP, ‘the most unlikely’ (p.50) of contenders for the Labour leadership. In May 2015, Corbyn reluctantly dipped his toe in the water of the leadership contest, saying: ‘You better make fucking sure I don’t get elected’ (p.54), only to be swept away on a tide of popular support.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, August 2020

18 August 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Red & green readinNew books on fungi, climate & capital, food, bluefin tuna, & Cuban agriculture. PLUS new translations of Facing the Anthropocene, and two recent C&C book reviews

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. We can’t review every book we receive, but we will list and link to any that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Books described here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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Your invite to the Trade Secrets book launch

18 August 2020 — Global Justice Now!

We’re very excited to be publishing our director Nick Dearden’s new book, Trade Secrets: The truth about the US trade deal and how we can stop it, in under a week’s time.
We’d like to invite you to our book launch on Tuesday 1 September, where Nick will be in conversation with Zoe Williams, journalist at The Guardian and co-host of the Another Europe Is Possible podcast.

Our History is the Future: The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Long Tradition of Resistance

17 August 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Book Review
 
The Dakota Access Pipeline fight continues the long history of struggle against colonial settler genocide and ecological vandalism.

Nick Estes
OUR HISTORY IS THE FUTURE
Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Long Tradition of Resistance

Verso Books, 2019

reviewed by Simon Butler

A US district court ruled on July 6 that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) must be shut down and emptied of oil, pending a full environmental review of the project. In March, the same court found the US Army Corps had wrongfully approved the pipeline in 2016. The Army Corps failed to assess the DAPL’s potential to cause devastating oil spills. Responding to the ruling, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith said: “This pipeline should have never been built here. We told them that from the beginning.”

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Global Fever

1 August, 2020 — Spectre Journal

A Review of Andreas Malm’s “Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century”

Gareth Dale

9781839762154
Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century
by Andreas Malm
Verso
2020

What can a virus tell us about climate breakdown, in its causation and in humanity’s response? And what can both tell us about capitalism and communism? These are the questions that Andreas Malm addresses in his new book forthcoming next month. It is a remarkable work, a tour de force. It portrays capitalism not simply in metaphorical colors as a meta-virus run by parasites, but as the godfather of actual viruses, the patron of parasites. Written at whirlwind pace, one of its leitmotifs is tempo: the varying velocities of climate collapse, locust swarms, zoonotic pathogenic leaps, and the dynamics and gear changes of political response and strategy. While others were hesitantly piecing together analyses of COVID-19 and its links to climate change and the capitalist system, as the familiar coordinates heaved all around in April 2020, Malm seems to have summoned the energies of the crisis and guided them onto the page. The prose crackles—this is an urgent book.

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