Post by: Jason Moore

Necropolitics

Capitalocene and Planetary Justice

20 Sep , 2019  

The Capitalocene argument therefore rejects anthropocentric flatten-ing — “We have met the enemy and he is us” (as in Walt Kelly’s iconic 1970 Earth Day poster) — along with economic reductionism. To be sure, capi-talism is a system of endless capital accumulation. But the Capitalocene thesis says that to understand ...

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

24 Aug , 2019  

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 recent decades, the last frontiers have closed, and this astonishing ...

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VALUE, NATURE, AND THE VORTEX OF ACCUMULATION

11 Aug , 2019  

Introduction


Of all the domains of Marxian political economy, nature is by far the most vexing. Is nature an economic input as in the notion of natural resources; is it the object of labour in the process of production; or is it something broader, as in the idea of land ...

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EconoFiction

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

21 Sep , 2018  

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 step with our times. And yet, the trem-ors of systemic ...

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EconoFiction

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

5 Aug , 2018  

… 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 fill up waste frontiers faster than it can locate new
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EconoFiction, Necropolitics

How the chicken nugget became the true symbol of our era

13 Mai , 2018  

by Ray Patel and Jason W. Moore

 

The most telling symbol of the modern era isn’t the automobile or the smartphone. It’s the chicken nugget. Chicken is already the most popular meat in the US, and is projected to be the planet’s favourite flesh by 2020. Future civilisations will ...

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

19 Mrz , 2018  

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, and about the idea of the ‘Capitalocene’. Liberals complain
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NATURE/SOCIETY & THE VIOLENCE OF REAL ABSTRACTION

7 Dez , 2017  

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 in the creation and reproduction of two separate epistemic domains: ...

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

21 Nov , 2017  

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 geography of value relations must proceed from the unities-in-diversity of
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A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Introduction)

22 Okt , 2017  

 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 other facet of the modern world has unfolded
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Metabolisms, Marxisms, & Other Mindfields

27 Sep , 2017  

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 rise of China – and much beyond. The exercise quickly ...

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Nature, Geopower, & Capitalogenic Appropriation

20 Aug , 2017  

The rise of capitalism flowed through a new praxis: not only of Cheap Labor, but of Cheap Nature. After 1450, land productivity gave way to labor productivity as the metric of wealth. It was an ingenious civilizational strategy. New value-oriented technics – crystallizations of tools and ideas, power and nature

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