Ecosocialist Bookshelf, April 2019

20 April 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Five new books: The rising tide of marine disease … Energy, food, nature, and the future … Civilizations and planet … Political economy of carbon … Understanding microbiome science

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.

Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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Happy Birthday, Paul Robeson!

9 April 2019 — Seven Stories Press

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Celebrate the life and legacy of singer, actor, civil rights activist, organizer, and scholar, Paul Robeson, on April 9th, the 121st anniversary of his birth. Egalitarian and anti-fascist, he was a victim of the House Committee on Un-American Activities and he was subsequently blacklisted in the entertainment industry for his leftist politics.

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Books: Surpassing US Military Supremacy by Ron Ridenour

4 April 2019 — Dissident Voice

When I first heard of Andrei Martyanov, I was skeptical about his intentions. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR, 1963, he became a naval officer and expert on Russian military and naval issues. He took part in conflicts in the Caucasus. In mid-1990s, he moved to the US for reasons unstated in print. He currently works as laboratory director of a commercial aerospace group, and blogs on the US Naval Institute Blog and one on the other side of the fence,

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Gossip Girls

2 April 2019 — Verso Blog

Silvia Federici has been one of the most influential and widely cited Marxist feminist scholars of the last 50 years.  Her landmark work, Caliban and the Witch, argued that witch hunts were an organized campaign of mass murder of women who defied the increasing implementation of a patriarchal, authoritarian order under a rapidly developing capitalist state. In this article, Emily Janakiram argues that her work, and particularly her essay “On the Meaning of Gossip” can help shed light on a much maligned yet invaluable part of solidarity among workers and women.

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New contributions to the theory and practice of Marxist Ecosocialism

29 March 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Book Review
Michael Löwy reviews two important books for ecosocialists: ‘Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism’ by Kohei Saito, and ‘Red-Green Revolution’ by Victor Wallis.

Michael Löwy was co-author, with Joel Kovel, of the first Ecosocialist Manifesto (2001). His most recent book is Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to the Capitalist Ecological Catastrophe. (Haymarket Books, 2015)

Kohei Saito: KARL MARX’S ECOSOCIALISM: Capital, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy)(Monthly Review Press, 2017)

Victor Wallis. RED-GREEN REVOLUTION: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism (Political Animal Press. 2018)

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Review: Only People Make Their Own History by Samir Amin (2019) – With a Comprehensive Bibliography of Amin’s Work by Justin Theodra

14 March 2019 — Counter Currents

Samir Amin (1931-2018) was one of the great organic intellectuals of our time. He synthesized theory and practice; Marxism and developmentalism; comradeship and critique, like no other. Only People Make Their Own History is the first ever posthumous publication of Amin’s work. It includes ten of Amin’s most important essays published in the 21st century, and an introduction by renowned Marxist literary critic, Aijaz Ahmad.

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Books: Capitalism Has Failed—What Next? by John Bellamy Foster

1 February 2019 — Monthly Review
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Less than two decades into the twenty-first century, it is evident that capitalism has failed as a social system. The world is mired in economic stagnation, financialization, and the most extreme inequality in human history, accompanied by mass unemployment and underemployment, precariousness, poverty, hunger, wasted output and lives, and what at this point can only be called a planetary ecological “death spiral.”1 The digital revolution, the greatest technological advance of our time, has rapidly mutated from a promise of free communication and liberated production into new means of surveillance, control, and displacement of the working population. The institutions of liberal democracy are at the point of collapse, while fascism, the rear guard of the capitalist system, is again on the march, along with patriarchy, racism, imperialism, and war.

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