“If there is to be a livable future, it will be a future offline”

Sunday, 1 January 2023 — Canadian Dimension

Jonathan Crary’s new book excoriates the digital world of late capitalism

Review by Owen Schalk 

Scorched Earth: Beyond the Digital Age to a Post-Capitalist WorldScorched Earth: Beyond the Digital Age to a Post-Capitalist World

Jonathan Crary

Verso, 2022

At this point, it is a commonplace that the techno-optimist promises of the Internet’s early proponents were either naïve or lies.

Claims of the system’s power to connect far-flung individuals and enrich one’s social life are risible. In the West, at least, the Internet’s primary effect has been to dissipate social energies into simulated flickers of friendship, comradery, or antagonism that more often than not ripple into nothingness before any deeper human experience can take root, rendering a large chunk of one’s time and attention pointless beyond the fact that it can be monetized to the benefit of seemingly omnipresent tech companies.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf: The Best of 2022

Saturday, 31 December 2023 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Ian Angus selects his favorite red and green books from the past year

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, December 2022

Saturday, 10 December 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Six important new books on fungi and racism and building socialism and wheat and more

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, November 2022

Wednesday, 9 November 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Six new books and six recent essays: important reading for reds and greens

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Slouching towards utopia; or hurtling towards disaster?

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

Bradford DeLong is one of the world’s most prominent Keynesian economists and  economic historian who is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. DeLong served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration under Lawrence Summers.  He is a architype liberal Democrat in US politics and a classical Keynesian in economics.

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Prof Judy Wajcman Trade Unionism, Work and Feminism Library Sale. 19th Aug 2022 onwards

Thursday, 18 August 2022 — Housmans Books

At this time of resurgence within the British trade union movement, with union, wildcat and even consumer strikes breaking out across the country, the timing couldn’t be better for this sale of books on trade unionism, work and feminism, as donated to Housmans by Professor Judy Wajcman.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, August 2022

Sunday, 14 August, 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Seven new books for people who know that the point is to change the world 

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Books: Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods

Friday, 5 August, 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

To stop illegal logging we must understand the poachers

Lyndsie Bourgon
TREE THIEVES
Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods

Little, Brown, 2022

Reviewed by Martin Empson

Forests are one of the world’s most important biological reserves. They suck about a third of humanity’s carbon emissions out of the atmosphere each year. According to the United Nations, forests also “contain 60,000 different tree species, 80 percent of amphibian species, 75 percent of bird species, and 68 percent of the world’s mammal species.” Despite this importance, tree cover is being lost at an alarming rate, and as Lyndsie Bourgon’s new book details, significant damage to our forests comes from the illegal trade in wood, driven by the poaching of trees.

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Eddy Wiggins – The Lost Historian

18 August 2022 — Blue Lion Films

“Eddy Wiggins: Le Noir et Le Blanc”

[It’s unlikely that you’ll ever find this stunning book, unfortunately, I’ve tried, I was lent a copy by a friend. It’s an incredible document of the most beautiful photographs of African-American musicians hanging out in Paris in the 1950s. Absolutely stunning! The photographer, Eddy Wiggins almost completely unknown. B]

Eddie Wiggins

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The Future of Food? Genetic Engineering, Value Capture and Dependency

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 — CounterCurrents

by

The following is an abridged version of the second chapter of the author’s short (free-to-read) e-book Food, Dispossession and Dependency (2022) 

GM crops are required to feed the world is a well-worn industry slogan trotted out at every available opportunity. Just like the claim of GM crops being a tremendous success, this too is based on a myth.

There is no global shortage of food. Even under any plausible future population scenario, there will be no shortage as evidenced by scientist Dr Jonathan Latham in his paper “The Myth of a Food Crisis” (2020).

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, July 2022

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Summer reading for greens and reds. New books on work, extractive industry., empire, pandemics, organizing, and socialism 

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, June 2022

Thursday, June 9 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Seven important new books on science, medicine, and socialism.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, May 2022

Monday, 9 May 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Democracy, insects, Cuba, plastic, capitalist drug pushers & trespassing. Books for understanding and changing the world

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, April 2022

Saturday, 9 April, 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Our monthly selection of new books for people who want to change the world

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States of Emergency: Keeping the Global Populations in Check

Friday, 18 March, 2022 — Edward Curtin

A Review

By Edward Curtin

This book is a brilliant and comprehensive analysis of the Covid-19 crisis and the worldwide states of siege instituted under its cover.  Reading it, one cannot help but shake one’s head in outrage at the long-planned nature of the wealthy global elite’s seizure of power under the guise of a germ emergency and the revolutionary crisis it has created.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, February 2022

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Reading matter for reds and greens: Five new books and five recent reviews

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly Climate & Capitalism feature, 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, January 2022

9 January 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Start the new year with seven new books for red-greens and green-reds


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