Barry Commoner: The systems we depend on are upside down

25 June 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Ecosocialist Notebook

An Ecosocialist classic

Decades ago, he showed that environmental, energy and economic crises had a common cause: a system that demands increased profits at all costs


Martin Empson, a frequent C&C contributor, regularly reviews new and old books on his blog, Resolute Reader. Recently, he reviewed Barry Commoner’s 1971 classic The Closing Circle, calling it “an important contribution to our understanding of the struggle we need.” He says he wishes he had read it years ago.

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Books: Environment, Labor, and Capitalism at Sea

5 June 2019 — Climate & Capitalism
Book Review

A compelling first-hand study shows that fishing is a deadly occupation because capitalism forces workers to take terrible risks in order to survive. 


Penny McCall Howard
ENVIRONMENT, LABOUR AND CAPITALISM AT SEA
‘Working the ground’ in Scotland

Manchester University Press, 2018

reviewed by Martin Empson

Working at sea in the fishing industry is 115 times more dangerous than the UK average. It’s a startling statistic, that is usually explained by the idea that the sea is “dangerous.” Penny McCall Howard’s important book is a detailed examination of why this explanation is incorrect .

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Books: Review of Alan Nasser’s, Overrripe Economy

25 May 2019 — MROnline

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Alan Nasser’s Overripe Economy is a profound historical look at the U.S. economy from the 1870s on that not only brings the lessons of its history and development up to the present, but offers deep insights into the economic bases for its “degeneration” from rapacious but productive capitalism to its present financialized capitalism replete with secular stagnation and reliance on debt, credit, and financial bubbles rather than production as such. Capitalist profit now comes not from production of “widgets” as Nasser calls them, but increasingly, from financial speculation and emoluments for the already very rich. The result for the working class is massive inequality and the fall from secure full-time employment generally into the current, seemingly permanent, workforce precariat.

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A history of council housing: Municipal Dreams brings the national story of housing to life

25 May 2019 — Verso Books

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing John Boughton

“An elegant and compendious ongoing exploration of Britain’s social history through its council estate… There couldn’t be a better time for this book.” – Lynsey Hanley, Guardian

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, May 2019

13 May 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

New books for reds and greens

Two views of food and farming. The origin of climate science denial. The high cost of living well. And a socialist who mostly disagrees with ecosocialism


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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Book Review: Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism By Fabian Van Onzen

11 May 2019 — MROnline – Marx & Philosophy

Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism

Verso, London, 2019. 240pp., £12.99 pb
ISBN9781786635815

Around the world, fascism and the extreme right have made significant gains. In Hungary, Viktor Orban has established a fiercely xenophobic, anti-immigrant government, with participation of the fascist Jobbik party. In the United States and Brazil, Trump and Bolsonaro took power with the support a fascist mass movement that openly attacks Muslims, immigrants, anti-communism, and people of colour.

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Book Review: A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil

24 April 2019 — True Publica

Book Review: A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil by Candice Delmas
Via LSE review of books: In A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil, Candice Delmas aims to foster understanding of resistance to injustice as a capacious concept that can include the possibility of lawful dissent, principled disobedience and revolution. This is a provocative and rewarding contribution to the literature, writes Suzanne Smith, that is particularly valuable for its attention to the question of the situational conditions of obligatory, potentially uncivil resistance. 

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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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