Capitalocene

Capitalism and ecology: from the decline of capital to the decline of the world

‘Kapitalismus und Okologie’ (1976) by Paul Mattick, translated by Paul Mattick Jr.   The historical character of nature follows from the Second Law of thermodynamics, discovered more than a hundred years ago by Carnot and Clausius, spelling an increase in …

Capitalism and ecology: from the decline of capital to the decline of the world

Bemerkungen zu: A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Moore/Patel) – (2)

Die Verbindung zwischen Arbeit, Natur und der Logik der Vereinfachung zeigt eine längere Kontinuität an. Und in diesem Kontext Arbeit und Umwelt als Gegensatz zu begreifen, ist analytisch falsch. Schon Marx kritisierte die deutschen Sozialisten dafür, die Arbeit als die …

Bemerkungen zu: A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Moore/Patel) – (2)

Bemerkungen zu: A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Moore/Patel) – (1)

Wir liefern hier einen kurzen Abriss zu dem neuen Buch von Jason W. Moore und Raj Patel “A History of The World in Seven Cheaps Things”. Strittige Punkte benennen wir, können sie aber hier nicht weiter ausführen. Die theoretischen Begründungen, …

Bemerkungen zu: A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (Moore/Patel) – (1)

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

Financial Analysis of the Blue Economy: Sagarmala’s Case in Point

Let us begin with the question. Why is infrastructure even important? Extensive and efficient infrastructure is critical for ensuring the effective functioning of the economy, as it is an important factor determining the location of economic activity and the kinds …

Financial Analysis of the Blue Economy: Sagarmala’s Case in Point

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)

The Myth of the ‘Human Enterprise’: The Anthropos and Capitalogenic Change

Humans are distinctive. No one is arguing the point. But how do we think through that distinctiveness? How do our conceptualizations lead us to highlight some relations over others, and how do those in/visibilities conform to – and challenge – …

The Myth of the ‘Human Enterprise’: The Anthropos and Capitalogenic Change

Name the System! Anthropocenes & the Capitalocene Alternative

The Anthropocene has become the most important – and also the most dangerous — environmentalist concept of our times. It is dangerous not because it gets planetary crisis so wrong, but because it simultaneously clarifies ongoing “state shifts” in planetary …

Name the System! Anthropocenes & the Capitalocene Alternative

Metabolic Rift or Metabolic Shift? Dialectics, Nature, and the World-Historical Method

…That influence brought Marx’s socio-ecological imagination to a wider audience. But success came at a price. Influenced by Foster’s reading of social metabolism as a rift of “nature and society” – rather than society-in-nature – Marx’s ecological thinking came to …

Metabolic Rift or Metabolic Shift? Dialectics, Nature, and the World-Historical Method

Beyond the ‘Exploitation of Nature’? A World-Ecological Alternative

Is nature exploited? “Of course!” says the environmentalist. But what might this mean? And, more significantly, is it so? Might there be a better way see the relations between humans and the rest of nature? On the one hand, “exploitation” …

Beyond the ‘Exploitation of Nature’? A World-Ecological Alternative

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