[Marxism] Fred Magdoff & John Bellamy Foster: 'What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism' (excerpt) | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sun Jul 31 06:33:31 MDT 2011
August 1, 2011 -- Monthly Review Press has kindly given permission to
/Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ to publish *"The
growth imperative of capitalism"*, an exclusive excerpt from Fred
Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster's just released /*What every
environmentalist needs to know about capitalism*/.
*John Bellamy Foster* will be a featured international guest at
the*second World at a Crossroads: Climate Change -- Social Change
Friday, September 30 -- Monday, October 3, 2011, Melbourne University.
*Readers of /Links/ are also urged to purchase copies of */*What every
environmentalist needs to know about capitalism*//;/*click HERE to
There is a growing consensus that the planet is heading toward
environmental catastrophe: climate change, ocean acidification, ozone
depletion, global freshwater use, loss of biodiversity and chemical
pollution all threaten our future unless we act. What is less clear is
how humanity should respond. The contemporary environmental movement is
the site of many competing plans and prescriptions, and composed of a
diverse set of actors, from militant activists to corporate chief
This short, readable book is a sharply argued manifesto for those
environmentalists who reject schemes of "green capitalism" or piecemeal
reform. Environmental and economic scholars Fred Magdoff and John
Bellamy Foster contend that the struggle to reverse ecological
degradation requires a firm grasp of economic reality. Going further,
they argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines
or rely solely on new technology to avert catastrophe misses the point.
The main cause of the looming environmental disaster is the driving
logic of the system itself, and those in power---no matter how
"green"---are incapable of making the changes that are necessary.
/What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism/ tackles the
two largest issues of our time, the ecological crisis and the faltering
capitalist economy, in a way that is thorough, accessible, and sure to
provoke debate in the environmental movement.
Excerpt at http://links.org.au/node/2429
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