Jason Moore

Cheap Food and Bad Climate: From Surplus Value to Negative Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology

ABSTRACT Capitalism, understood as a world-ecology that joins accumulation, power, and nature in dialectical unity, has been adept at evading so-called Malthusian dynamics through an astonishing historical capacity to produce, locate, and occupy cheap natures external to the system. In …

Cheap Food and Bad Climate: From Surplus Value to Negative Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology

The Value of Everything? Work, Capital, and Historical Nature in the Capitalist World-Ecology

Every civilization must decide what is, and what is not, valuable. The Marxist tradition makes occasional reference to a “law of value.” It is not a phrase that rolls easily off the tongue, apparently. It sounds quaint, curiously out of …

The Value of Everything? Work, Capital, and Historical Nature in the Capitalist World-Ecology

Cheap Food and Bad Climate : From Surplus Value to Negative Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology

… The dynamism of capitalist technological advance not only produces a tendency for industrial production to run ahead of its raw materials supply—Marx’s “general law” of underproduction —it also produces a “general law” of overpollution: the tendency to enclose and …

Cheap Food and Bad Climate : From Surplus Value to Negative Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology

World Accumulation and Planetary Life, or, Why Capitalism will not Survive Until the ‘Last Tree is Cut’

There’s a big problem with such explanations. Anthropogenic implicates an  actor that doesn’t exist. There is no Anthropos, no humanity as a unified actor. So, if not anthropogenic, what? In a word: capitalogenic . Let me be clear about this term, …

World Accumulation and Planetary Life, or, Why Capitalism will not Survive Until the ‘Last Tree is Cut’

NATURE/SOCIETY & THE VIOLENCE OF REAL ABSTRACTION

Among Nature/Society dualism’s essential features is the tendency to circumscribe truth-claims by drawing hard-and-fast lines between what is Social and what is Natural.[1] Here is a rift: an epistemic rift.[2] At its core is a series of violent abstractions implicated …

NATURE/SOCIETY & THE VIOLENCE OF REAL ABSTRACTION

Commentary Value in the web of life, or, Why world history matters to geography

Abstract Critical geography as a field has yet to reckon with a fundamental geographical blind spot: the historical- geographical patterns of capitalism as a whole. There has been a steady—and studied—reluctance to grapple with capitalism as a historical-geographical place. A …

Commentary Value in the web of life, or, Why world history matters to geography

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Introduction)

 Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.  … Settled agriculture, cities, nation-states, information technology, and every …

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Introduction)

Metabolisms, Marxisms, & Other Mindfields

he turbulence of the 21st century poses a serious analytical challenge: How does capitalism develop through nature, and not just act upon it? Try drawing a line around the “social” and “environmental” moments of financialization, global warming, resurgent fundamentalisms, the …

Metabolisms, Marxisms, & Other Mindfields

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