ECOSOCIALISM NEWSLETTER #1
Collected by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology
I gathered these publications mainly from the socialist organization Monthly Review via its magazine of the same name. Many similar articles on the subject were published in the MR without the label, and many more elsewhere. The collection was randomly jotted down as I scanned each copy of the magazine and mronline.org during 2019-2020.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction via Google
What Is Ecosocialism?
Google Search for “ecosocialism” 11-3-20
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Ecosocialism is a vision of a transformed society in harmony with nature, and the development of practices that can attain it. It is directed toward alternatives to all socially and ecologically destructive systems, such as patriarchy, racism, homophobia and the fossil-fuel based economy.
Eco-socialism - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org › wiki › Eco-socialism Eco-socialism, green socialism or socialist ecology is an ideology merging aspects of socialism with that of green politics, ecology and alter-globalization or ... Ideology · History · Critique of capitalist ...
Why Ecosocialism? A discussion of the case for a red-green ...climateandcapitalism.com › 2018/12/19 › why-ecosocia...Dec 19, 2018 — Attuned to the links between the exploitation of labor and the exploitation of the environment, ecosocialism stands against both reformist “market ...by M Löwy · Cited by 2 · Related articles
What is ecosocialism? | System Change Not Climate Changesystemchangenotclimatechange.org › ecosocialismEcosocialism brings together two complementary ways of thinking about humans and the environment they live in. The “eco-” in ecosocialism comes from the ...
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What Is Ecosocialism? – Vice www.vice.com › Home › TechOct 10, 2018 — Ecosocialists Believe the Only Way to Stop Climate Change Is to Abandon Capitalism. This week's devastating IPCC report has brought the ...
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Ecosocialism from the Margins | NACLAnacla.org › news › 2020/08/05 › ecosocialism-marginsJul 24, 2020 — Ecosocialism from the Margins. Hope for revolutionary change requires urgent climate action now. The energy transition must be as radical as ...People also search for Ecosocialist books
The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology –
Twenty years ago, John Bellamy Foster’s introduced a new understanding of Karl Marx’s revolutionary ecological materialism. More than simply a study of Marx, it commenced an intellectual and social history, encompassing thinkers from Epicurus to Darwin, who developed materialist and ecological ideas. Now, with , Foster continues this narrative. In so doing, he uncovers a long history of efforts to unite issues of social justice and environmental sustainability [exploitation of employees/human resources and exploitation of natural resources] will help us comprehend and counter today’s unprecedented planetary emergencies.
begins with the deaths of Darwin (1882) and Marx (1883) and moves on until the rise of the ecological age in the 1960s and 1970s. Foster explores how socialist analysts and materialist scientists of various stamps, first in Britain, then the United States, from William Morris and Frederick Engels to Joseph Needham, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Jay Gould, sought to develop a dialectical naturalism, rooted in a critique of capitalism. In the process, he delivers a far-reaching and fascinating reinterpretation of the radical and socialist origins of ecology. Ultimately, what this book asks for is nothing short of revolution: a long, ecological revolution, aimed at making peace with the planet while meeting collective human needs [GND: ending the fossil fuels regime with justice].
In the century following Marx’s death, left-wing scientists and writers made major contributions to the development of modern ecological thought. Foster’s brilliant new book recovers that history, making the work and ideas of those neglected ecosocialist pioneers accessible to the activists who are building today’s movements against global environmental destruction. —Ian Angus, author, ; editor,
What does ecology have to do with a critique of capitalism and a movement for socialism? What are the roots of ecosocialism? For more than twenty years, John Bellamy Foster has engaged in serious thought and massive research, delving into the relation of ecology and socialism, while charting the odyssey of the network of left activist-intellectuals who forged a philosophical-scientific-political vision of our ecosystem and the forces threatening its survival. The result is a monumental book, a genealogy of ecosocialism, a priceless resource for those pursuing this path today. —Helena Sheehan, author, and
Leftists have too readily seen capitalist science and technology’s goal—the domination of nature—as inherently progressive. In , John Bellamy Foster tells a different story. The recognition that we humans, rather than dominating, are part of nature, both transformed by and transforming it, was central to Marx and Engels’ dialectical thinking. Foster’s richly detailed and ground-breaking history tells the story of the British and American scientists and activists who in the century following Marx’s death, adopted and built on this dialectical tradition, from Engels’ to the fast developing science of ecology and the birth of the radical science movements of the 1970s. A .
—Steven Rose, emeritus professor of neuroscience, Open University
By now, many people will have heard about the ecological ideas of Karl Marx. And everyone knows that the modern environmental movement is filled with anti-capitalist energies. But was there anything in between? In this landmark work, John Bellamy Foster fills in the gap and reconstructs an unbroken genealogy of dialectical thinking about the environment, from the last days of Marx to the first stirrings of Western environmentalism. From the neglected writings of numerous thinkers and scientists—evolutionary biologists, not the least—he reconstructs a treasure trove of ecological insights that will keep scholars and activists preoccupied for years to come. The common knowledge of Marx’s environmentalist leanings derives from Foster’s from 2000. With , he has given ecological Marxism an epic chronicle that speaks straight to the crises of our times: a sequel and prequel of extraordinary power. —Andreas Malm, author, John Bellamy Foster’s magnificent tells the story of the late nineteenth and early twentieth scientists and other intellectuals who followed paths laid out by Marx and Engels with respect to the profit-driven degradation of the environment and biosphere. Foster convincingly depicts the genesis, in the writings of figures such as William Morris, Joseph Needham, and Rachel Carson, of an ecosocialist vision whose further development represents the best hope of the present period. He helps us answer the question posed by one of the book’s heroes, the novelist and essayist Christopher Caudwell (1907-1937), “How can we think of the future without holding it to our own barrenness?” —Stuart A. Newman, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, New York Medical College; coauthor,
Following up on his influential , in this tour de force John Bellamy Foster fills in the broad historical and philosophical details spanning the post Darwin moment to the vibrant 1960s when ecology became common currency, detailing how dialectical thinking penetrates all. Previous histories of ecology have failed to embrace Marxism’s critical association with the development of ecology as a political subject, something this book does elegantly and thoroughly. —John Vandermeer, Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; author, with Ivette Perfecto,
is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and editor of . His previous books on ecology include: , , (edited with Fred Magdoff and Frederick Buttel), , , (with Brett Clark and Richard York), (with Fred Magdoff), (with Paul Burkett), and (with Brett Clark).
Clearly there will be ecological issues to resolve once capitalism has been defeated, but that will require a system being put in place that is capable of dealing with the disaster. In other words a society that is not based on the competitive accumulation of capital. Source
“I am not arguing that rising population is the root cause of the ecological crisis… That is the fault of the capitalist system of production and the commodification of the planet. . . .What I am arguing is that rising population is a major contributory factor.”]
[To reduce warming we must reduce rapidly 1) the capitalist system of unrestrained production growth and commodification, and 2) population growth. –D]
Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism Paperback – June 19, 2018. ...Red-Green Revolution is an impassioned and informed confrontation with the planetary emergency brought about by accelerated ecological devastation in the last half-century.
The scale of environmental crisis is absolutely terrifying. So I was very pleased to read Victor Wallis' new book Red-Green Revolution. . .
Michael Löwy. Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe. Publisher’s description: Capitalism is killing the planet, and the preservation of a natural environment favorable to human life requires a radical alternative. In this new collection of essays, long time revolutionary and environmental activist Michael Löwy offers a vision of ecosocialist transformation. This vision combines an understanding of the destructive logic of the capitalist system with an appreciation for ongoing struggles, particularly in Latin America.
Jane Kelly and Sheila Melane, eds. Ecosocialism or Barbarism. 2ND ed.
Mar 16, 2020 — In this new collection of essays, long time revolutionary and environmental activist Michael Löwy offers a vision of ecosocialist transformation.
David Pepper. Eco-Socialism: From Deep Ecology to Social Justice. Routledge, 1993.
Presents a provocatively anthropocentric analysis of the way forward for green politics and environmental movements, exposing the deficiencies and contradictions of green approaches to post-modern politics and deep ecology. This title available in eBook format. Click here for more information . Visit our eBookstore at: www.ebookstore.tandf.co.uk.
Ecosocialism: an alternative to global capitalism. Mronline.org (11-3-20)
Over the past four decades or so, various leftists have become more sensitive to the environmental degradation in developed and developing capitalist societies and post-revolutionary societies, particularly in the former Soviet Union and, in recent times, China. | more…
Fw: For An Egalitarian, Cooperative Road To An Ecosocialist Future - PopularResistance.Org
Oct 10, 2020, 7:36 AM (1 day ago)
How does this compare to the GND?
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Welcome to Global Ecosocialist Network . mronline.org (1-30-20).
The Global Ecosocialist Network (GEN) is being launched at a moment of extreme danger for humanity. The intensity of the crisis and the scale of the danger is hard to grasp or express adequately because, unless you are in one of the parts of the world currently experiencing extreme weather, it cannot yet literally be […]
Ecosocialism and a just transition. Mronline.org 6-23-19.
The idea of a “just transition” is appearing everywhere these days, most notably in the preamble of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which refers to the need to take “into account the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development […] Source
[Green New Deal = rapidly replacing US fossil fueled neo capitalism with sustainable energy and a just transition. –Dick]
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