Ecosocialist Bookshelf, February 2019

17 February 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Reading matters

Six new books expose environmentalism’s false friends, analyse the idea of ‘environment’, explain renewable energy, trace the history of oceans, expose Monsanto’s Round-Up, and examine UK science denial

Climate & Capitalism can’t review every book we receive, but this column lists and links to those that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles described here may be reviewed in future.

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An outline of ‘Democratic Eco-Socialism as a Real Utopia’

13 February 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

How can socialism be rejuvenated to ensure social parity, democratic processes, and environmental sustainability for humanity?

Introduction. In a previous article, I described Hans Baer’s essay “Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism as the next World System” as “an important contribution that merits study and discussion among all ecosocialists.”

Now Hans has written a book that both elaborates on the ideas he expressed in that essay, and outlines the views of a range of socialists on the struggle against capitalism and for an ecological civilization.

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‘Dust Bowls of Empire’ exposes capital’s global assault on the land

2 January 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Book review

Essential reading for everyone who cares about agriculture, the environment, and social-injustice

The 1930s Dust Bowl presaged today’s global ecological crises. Hannah Holleman’s brilliant new book shows how and why capital destroys the soil that all life depends on.

Hannah Holleman
Imperialism, Environmental Politics and the Injustice of ‘Green’ Capitalism

Yale University Press, 2018

reviewed by Martin Empson

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Review: Britain: Gordon Brown’s self-exoneration rings hollow

13 December 2018 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

 Review by Alex Miller

My Life, Our Times
By Gordon Brown
Bodley Head, £16.99, 500 pages

December 13, 2018 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal— Gordon Brown went from being a creditable left-wing British Labour MP in the 1980s to Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) under Tony Blair from 1997-2007 and then Prime Minister from 2007, until his defeat at the hands of the Conservatives in 2010. As co-architect of New Labour, he became a champion of business elites, the private sector, the ultra-wealthy, globalisation, private finance initiatives (PFIs), public-private partnerships (PPP), privatisation, financialisation, and just about any neoliberal policy you care to mention.

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Book Review: The roots of Fascism and the seeds for its defeat

12 December 2018 — John Riddell

Zetkin bookA review of  ‘Fighting Fascism’ by Clara Zetkin

By Elizabeth Schulte: With the rise of the right internationally, there has never been a more pressing need for clarity about the roots of fascism, its history, and why and how it can be defeated. Among the clearest thinkers on this subject is German socialist Clara Zetkin, whose writing on the topic has been republished thanks to the work of Mike Taber, John Riddell and Haymarket Books.

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11 December 2018 — Housmans

The following is a list of 50 books that have been particularly popular with Housmans customers this year.  Hopefully there’ll be something here to tickle your fancy.

Don’t forget that Housmans has plenty of other more gifty books, including the best political fiction, music, art, graphic novels etc. , as well as plenty of gift items: radical mugs, teatowels, pins, candles, seasonal cards and so on.

Without further ado, and in no particular order…..

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‘Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism’ wins the 2018 Deutscher Prize

25 November 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Kohei Saito honored for his brilliant study of Marx’s views on the relationship between society and nature

I’m thrilled to report that Kohei Saito’s brilliant bookKarl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, nature, and the unfinished critique of political economy, has won the 2018 Deutscher Memorial Prize. The prize, named for the great Marxist scholar and historian Isaac Deutscher, is awarded annually to “a book which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about the Marxist tradition.”

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Housmans Peace Diary 2019 now available

20 November 2018 — Housmans

Housmans diaryEvery year we publish the world-renowned Housmans Peace Diary – this is the 66th edition. It includes a World Peace Directory listing almost 1500 national and international peace, environmental and human rights organisations from around the world. This year’s special feature celebrates 60 years of the Housmans & Peace News building in London, and the wide range of fellow dissidents who’ve found a welcome here. It looks at the role of the building’s denizens – and the building itself – in many areas of society and in various significant political events. This year’s cover designer is Phil Wrigglesworth.

Available to buy in-store and online here:

Capitalism: A Crime Story

18 November, 2018 — Socialist Project: Left Streamed

Harry Glasbeek is an award-winning author of many titles and is a law professor who once taught a notoriously popular course at Osgoode Law School: The Corporation as Criminal. His latest books have been called “profound and fascinating” by Linda McQuaig. He has also been lauded as a “fearless, daunting crusader for the public good in the face of corporate greed” by economist Jim Stanford.

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