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

24 Aug , 2019  

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

21 Nov , 2017  

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

24 Jul , 2016  

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” is often used by red-green scholars as a moral slogan, ...

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