Jason Moore

World accumulation and planetary life, or, why capitalism will not survive until the ‘last tree is cut

How does capitalism work through the web of life? How can we begin to understand capitalism not simply as an economic system of markets and production and a social system of class and culture, but as a way of organising …

World accumulation and planetary life, or, why capitalism will not survive until the ‘last tree is cut

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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