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
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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GMO Soy, Popular Resistance, and Corporate Power

4 March 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review
Why does GMO soy dominate Argentine agriculture? ‘Seeds of Power’ exposes the forces that have overwhelmed voices of resistance.

December 2013: Demonstrators in Buenos Aires support anti-Monsanto resistance in Cordoba

Amalia Leguizamón
SEEDS OF POWER: Environmental Injustice and Genetically Modified Soybeans in Argentina
Duke University Press, 2020

reviewed by Brian Tokar

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The Ministry for the Future: A passionate call to save the earth

1 March 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review

Kim Stanley Robinson’s exciting new novel delivers a powerful vision of Earth in crisis and Earth transformed, but fails as a program for change

Kim Stanley Robinson
Orbit, 2020

reviewed by Martin Empson

With all the environmental threats that humanity faces, it can be hard to be optimistic. This is reflected in the plethora of disaster novels that have appeared in recent years, whether inspired by climate change or pandemic, that explore in the appalling consequences of disease, floods, famine and so-on.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel also deals with these threats, in particular the twin ecological crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, so I approached it with trepidation — after 2020, who needs more doom and gloom?

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