Ecosocialist Bookshelf, August 2021

12 August 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

A bumper crop! Ten new books for red-greens and green-reds

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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Book Review: Imperial roots of the global food system

29 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review

‘Diet for a Large Planet’ – how Britain fed itself by plundering the world

Tea workers in colonial India


Chris Otter
DIET FOR A LARGE PLANET
Industrial Britain, Food Systems, and World Ecology

University of Chicago Press, 2020

reviewed by Amy Leather

Why do we eat what we do? This is the question Chris Otter seeks to answer in Diet for a Large Planet. It is very timely. In recent years there has been growing anger and horror at a food system that delivers both unhealthy and environmentally destructive diets. Food has become deeply politicized.

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“Capitalism must die to protect the sacred”

16 June 2021 — MROnline

“Capitalism must die to protect the sacred” “Capitalism must die to protect the sacred”

Originally published: “Capitalism must die to protect the sacred” by Susan Rosenthal (June 17, 2021 )

Book Review: The Red Nation (2021). The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save our Earth. Common Notions. 176 pages.

Indigenous people have been fighting to survive for centuries. Recently, their struggles have become more militant, more global, and less isolated, aligning with other anti-racist and anti-colonial movements, and leading the environmental movement.

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Everyday Life and the Ecological Crisis of Capitalism

3 June 2021 — Socialist Project – The Bullet

by Christoph Hermann

When it was first published in German in 2017, Ulrich Brand’s and Markus Wissen’s book The Imperial Mode of Living attracted widespread attention and was discussed in mainstream media, while, at the same time, fueling an intense debate within the German academic left. The multiple reactions were not by chance; they were the result of the provocative and innovative nature of the book. The authors claim that the dominant mode of living in the Global North, to a large extent, depends on the exploitation of people and natural resources in the Global South. Or put differently, the fact that we (as inhabitants of the Global North) can enjoy a relatively comfortable standard of living is based on a long history of the depletion of nature and the preservation of poor working conditions in other parts of the world.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, June 2021

1 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Reading for Reds and Greens

New books on Food, Military Science, Nature, Forest Communication, Covid Failure, and Deadly Phones

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, May 2021

14 May 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Seven new books about capitalist environmental destruction and the fight to save the earth

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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Can sabotage stop climate change?

28 April 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism
Book Review

Andreas Malm’s call for minority violence is eloquent and sincere, but self-defeating 

Andreas Malm
HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE
Learning to Fight in a World on Fire

Verso, 2021

reviewed by Simon Butler

Despite the climate movement’s growth, epitomized by Extinction Rebellion and Student Strike for Climate, fossil fuel extraction continues to grow, and a safe climate can seem dismayingly distant. Given a choice between forgoing capital accumulation and tipping the whole world into a furnace, our rulers prefer the furnace.

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The Gen Z Emergency: The Best Climate Book You Will Ever Read

23 March 2021 —  Global Research

A review of Dr. Reese Halter’s book

Generation Z is the newest generation, born between 1997 and 2012/15. They are currently 6 to 24 years old. In the US alone, they number 68 million.

Gen Z is in the crosshairs of the coming climate catastrophe. They have the most to lose – and the most to win if we can allay their climate grief:

“Although Gen Zs comprise 25 percent of the human population (a little more than two billion inhabitants) this ‘climate generation’ claims, and rightfully so, that they own 100 percent of the future. They are tired and angry from being lied to. They intend on forcing societal change because it is their birthright to breathe unpolluted air, to drink nontoxic fresh water and to eat fruits, nuts and vegetables not slathered in nerve poisons and cancer-causing glyphosate.”

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf March 2021, Part Two

25 March, 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Marx on stealing wood, Human development in the Anthropocene, Solar energy, Nature dialogs, and two on food

Climate & Capitalism can’t review every book we receive, but this monthly column briefly describes some that seem relevant to our mission. Any of these books may be reviewed at length in future.


by Ian Angus

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Book Review: Mark Carney: value or price?

15 March 2021 — Michael Roberts Blog

Mark Carney has a book out. It is called Value(s): Building A Better World For All.  Canadian born Carney was formerly the governor of the Bank of England – the best paid governor ever at £680,000 a year plus £250,000 housing expenses.  Carney recently commented that “You don’t get rich in public service.”!

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