[Marxism] ZCommunications | Missing the Marx, More or Less by Paul Street | ZNet Article

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 24 08:47:04 MST 2014

Missing the Marx, More or Less
On Intellectual Failure and Environmental Catastrophe
By Paul Street

Friday, January 24, 2014

Getting radical anti-capitalist ideas wrong and ignoring those 
completely are timeworn traditions for U.S. intellectuals. The habits go 
back a long way and have continued through the current millennium. The 
consequences can be deadly, as is seen with two short books printed by 
leading U.S. publishing firms a few years ago - liberal historian James 
Livingston’s Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the 
Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul (Basic Books, 2011) and 
environmental journalist David Owen’s The Conundrum: How Scientific 
Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our 
Energy and Climate Problems Worse (Penguin, 2011).


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