The Deceptive Delusions of Green Capitalism — Why Endless Consumption of Our Finite Planet Will Take Us to Our Cliff of Doom and How We Can Prevent It

Endless Consumption of Our Finite Planet's Resources is Taking Us to Our Cliff of Doom... But we can save ourselves by saving the planet by changing our economic/consumption systemsBut we can save ourselves by saving the planet by changing our economic/consumption systems. This implies a radical transition of structures, replacing capitalism with a new paradigm whose sole purpose is to pursue the welfare of people and planet and NOT the market. To do this, people must organise to force change because all governments are subservient to the market and will lead to our extinction in this century. — Álvaro J. de Regil

Leaked Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports

On the Climate Change Planetary Crisis. If we want future generations to live with happiness on a healthy planet, we must stop denying reality and take action, for all governments are driving us to our final demise. —(Required reading to become aware that it is up to us, the citizenry, to save ourselves by taking eco-revolutionary action. — The Editors of Monthy Review

Lithium and the Contradictions in the Energy Transition that Devastate the Global South In Favour of the Global North

Green Capitalism is a Hoax, because switching to batteries is not sustainable and it keeps depredating the ecosystems. — Nubia Barrera Silva

Notes on Ukraine

A MUST-READ —An assessment shedding sobering and objective light on the underlying causes of the eight-year civil war in Ukraine turned into a full-scale war. This is a New Cold War and a great human tragedy. — The Editors of Monthly Review

Against Doomsday Scenarios: What Is to Be Done Now?

There is no option left but ecological revolution... the people will once again be compelled to take history into their own hands, in a struggle that is likely to be stormy and chaotic. — Interview of John Bellamy Foster

COVID-19 and Marketocracy

Confronting the pandemic in the context of the market’s supremacy over the welfare of people and planet. The result of the damage that humanity continues to inflict on the ecosystems of our home, Mother Earth. — Álvaro J. de Regil

Identifying a Safe and Just Corridor for People and the Planet

How biophysically “safe” targets can be achieved while also meeting goals for human well-being and justice. — Johan Rockström, Joyeeta Gupta, Timothy M. Lenton, Dahe Qin, Steven J. Lade ET AL

Buen Vivir: A Concept on the Rise in Europe?

Buen Vivir rests on an understanding of humanity’s relationship with nature that is fundamentally at odds with the Anthropocentrism of modernity. — Gustavo Hernández and Henkjan Laats

The Covid-19 Pandemic: "Their Contradictions and Ours"

It is urgent to define a clear set of demands and objectives that specifically defend the interests of the popular classes, i.e. the vast majority of the world's population. — Alain Bihr

Climate Change and Migration: Myths and Realities

Climate change is a threat multiplier; it cannot be isolated from social, political, economic, environmental and demographic migration drivers impacting both North and South. — Caroline Zickgraf

The Capitalinian — The First Geological Age of the Anthropocene

We propose The Second Age to succeed it to be "The Communian" by means of ecological and social revolution, derived from communal, community, commons. — John Bellmay Foster and Brett Clark

Manipulations of Freedom – The Dirty Fight for the Gig Economy

Here's why if you are socially conscientious, you must reject supporting Über and other corporations of the "Gig" economy that destroy livelihoods in pursuit of profit. — Sumona Gupta

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Great Reset and the End of Life as We Know it

How Capitalism in the 21st Century will take all species to the brink of extinction. To stop it we must start today by changing our way of life radically. — Álvaro J. de Regil

The Robbery of Nature – Capitalism and the Metabolic Rift

Capitalism's expropriation of nature is the basis for the exploitation of humanity and nature, leading to a rupture in the metabolism of nature and society, including its existence. John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark

Epidemic Response –The Legacy of Colonialism

The COVID-19 pandemic is at its root a crisis of globalisation, a crisis of racial capitalism, a crisis of colonialism, a crisis of the social organisation of our public health system. It is a crisis of treatment and care versus demonisation and wall building. And it is the latest pandemic in a long line of modern ones—from SARS to swine flu to HIV to Ebola—a predictable and predicted outcome, not the mysterious unforeseeable lightning strike as it is often portrayed. The COVID-19 pandemic is at its root a crisis of globalisation, a crisis of racial capitalism, a crisis of colonialism, a crisis of the social organisation of our public health system. — Jennifer Dohrn and Eleanor Stein

Racial Capitalism and COVID-19

Nonwhite racialised workers, have now been deemed essential, so they still have to report to work despite stay-at-home orders. While viewed as essential, they are also treated as expendable. — Zophia Edwards

Not a Nation of Immigrants

It is crucial to recognise that when and how “immigration” as such began, it was based on overt, blatant racism and a policy of exclusion, and it has never lost that taint. — Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Educating for the Future We Want!

If education is to be an agent of change, it has itself to be the subject of change. Our educational systems are implicated in the multiple crises before us. — Stephen Sterling

Confronting Inequality in the “New Normal”: Hyper-capitalism, Proto-socialism, and Post-pandemic Recovery

We must must address the roots of systemic inequality that lie in the uneasy relationship between labour and capital. — Tim Jackson and Peter A. Victor

Welfare Systems Without Economic Growth: A review of the challenges and next steps to be taken.

How welfare can be provided in a non-growing economy and the challenges that entail. — Christine Corlet Walker, Angela Druckman, Tim Jackson

Show COP26 and Ecology

A true ecology of consumption—a new system of enduring needs is only possible by incorporating it into a new ecology of production, which requires the destruction of the capitalist system. — Alejandro Teitelbaum

Marketocracy and the Capture of People and Planet — The acceleration of Twenty-First Century Monopoly Capital Fascism through the pandemic and the Great Reset

This study examines the trajectory that the world has followed since neoliberalism was imposed on humanity half a century ago, assessing the subsequent motivations—and their consequences for humanity and the planet as a whole—of key global elite groups and individuals (Gates, Musk, Bezos and the World Economic Forum, and its proclaimed "Fourth Industrial Revolution" through "The Great Reset") who have powerful influence on the world's governments. We live in dangerous times on our planet that threaten the future of all living things, but there is a way to avoid such a future –––– Álvaro J. de Regil

Water as the Pandora's Box of Ecological Debacle from South and Central America

The hydrological cycle triggers the pandora's box of global greenhouse gas emissions from South and Central America - the Amazon, the Andean Glaciers, the Gran Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay. Since the origins of the Earth some 4,5 billion years ago, water has played an essential role in the planet's biological activity. Through it, mineral salts are diluted, and the organic substances in the cells are maintained, which, in turn, enable vital reactions from the simplest forms of life to the most complex and specialised. In the tragedy of the commons, peasant resistance and struggles for water are fought daily. - Nubia Barrera Silva

Neoliberal economics, planetary health and the COVID-19 pandemic: a Marxist ecofeminist analysis

Planetary health sees neoliberal capitalism as a key mediator of socio-ecological crises; a position echoed in many of the comments on COVID-19. In this personal view, I set out an economic theory that emphasises some of the ways in which neoliberal capitalism's conceptualisation of value has mediated responses to COVID-19. Using the intersection of ecological, feminist and Marxist economics, I develop an analysis of neoliberal capitalism as a specific historical form of economics. I identify the accumulation of exchange value as a central tendency of neoliberal capitalism and argue that this tendency creates barriers to the production of other value forms. - Simon Mair

COVID-19 and Catastrophe Capitalism — Commodity Chains and Ecological-Epidemiological-Economic Crises

COVID-19 has accentuated as never before the interlinked ecological, epidemiological, and economic vulnerabilities imposed by capitalism. As the world enters the third decade of the twenty-first century, we are seeing the emergence of catastrophe capitalism as the structural crisis of the system takes on planetary dimensions. — John Bellamy Foster and Intan Suwandi

Capitalism of Dispossession in the Palm Oil Plantations in the Countries of the Global South

The commodification of land has deepened the ecological, social and economic crises. The unprecedented global pandemic of the covid-19 virus comes from the destruction of the habitats of species of wild animals and plants and the subsequent migration to humans. The neoliberal model is unsupportable in the sustainable conservation of nature and the planet's economy. A change in the capitalist economy is urgently needed. — Nubia Barrera Silva

An Eco-Revolutionary Tipping Point?

Just a couple decades ago, we were told that neoliberal capitalism marked the “end of history.” Now it appears that the system’s ideologues may have been right, but not in the way they envisioned. The system of fossil-fuelled neoliberal capitalism is indeed moving toward an end of history, but only in the sense of the end of any historical advance of humanity as a productive, political, and cultural species due to the increasingly barbaric socio-economic and environmental conditions the system creates. There is now no alternative to the end of history as we know it. — Paul Burkett

Transitioning to Geocratia — the People and Planet and Not the Market Paradigm — First Steps

Parting from the fact that saving Planet Earth, our home, changes everything, we need to build a new ethos where the majority of humankind commits to a system whose only purpose is the pursuit of the welfare of people and Planet Earth. This requires that all Earth resources necessary for the enjoyment of life of all living things be managed to achieve true long-term sustainability. — Álvaro J. de Regil

The Contagion of Capital

The U.S. economy and society at the start of 2021 is more polarised than it has ever been. The wealthy are awash in a flood of riches, marked by a booming stock market, while the underlying population exists in a state of relative, and in some cases even absolute, misery and decline. The result is two national economies as perceived, respectively, by the top and the bottom of society: one of prosperity, the other of precariousness. At the level of production, economic stagnation is diminishing the life expectations of the majority. At the same time, financialisation is accelerating the consolidation of wealth by a very few. Although the current crisis of production associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened these disparities, the overall problem is much longer and more deep-seated, a manifestation of the inner contradictions of monopoly-finance capital. Comprehending the parameters of today’s financialised capitalist system is the key to understanding the contemporary contagion of capital, a corrupting and corrosive cash nexus that is spreading to all corners of the globe, and every aspect of human existence. — John Bellamy Foster, R. Jamil Jonna and Brett Clark

Marxism and Ecology: Common Fonts of a Great Transition

This essay unearths the deep ecological roots of Marx’s thought, showing how he brought an environmental perspective to bear on the overarching question of social transformation. From there, it traces the evolution of Marxian ecology, illuminating its profound, formative link to modern ecological economics and systems ecology. It concludes by discussing the wider project of building a social movement broad and deep enough to halt and reverse ecological and social destruction. — John Bellamy Foster

Democratising Firms –A Cornerstone of Shared and Sustainable Prosperity

We face a dilemma when considering the future of politics. Some argue that environmental sustainability is an obstacle to shared prosperity, calling it elitist and too costly. Others believe that environmental protection measures should take precedence over everything else at the expense of the poorest. This essay will argue that it is possible to respond to citizens' concerns about these issues, and care for the planet, in an entirely different way: by extending democracy in large transnational corporations to build a kind of internal constraint on their behaviour and decisions. I will argue that by addressing what I have called workers' "intuition of democratic justice" - their right to have a say in their lives and futures inside and outside the workplace - we can build a world that is both more democratic and more prosperous and sustainable. - Isabelle Ferreras

The Common Places of Environmental Scepticism

The challenge posed by the ‘limits to growth’ runs beyond the level of ordinary political debate, pointing to a crisis of philosophical anthropology: who are we, and how should we live, if we now believe that progress will not continue forever?— Richard Douglas

Keynesian Economics and the Welfare State

This work explains in detail the emergence of the new Keynesian economic paradigm as a consequence of the experience of the Great War and the Great Depression and the results obtained through government intervention during the New Deal. The goal here is to show how the post-war era, with the government in the driver's seat of the economy, provided the greatest period of progress in the welfare of both rich and poor nations, in spite of the very powerful interests that continuously moved in the opposite direction. The essay opens by stating that the war economy pulled the capitalist world out of depression. — Álvaro J. de Regil

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We contribute to the liberalisation of the democratic instituions of society, for they have been captured by the owners of the market. They work in tandem with their market agents, who, posing as public servants, are entrenched in the halls of government. The political class has betrayed its public mandate and instead operates to impose a marketocratic state to maximise the shareholder value of the institutional investors of international financial markets. They own the global corporations and think they own the world on behalf of their very private interest.

Our spheres of action: true democracy – true sustainability – living wage – basic income – inequality – ecological footprint – degrowth – global warming –human development – corporate accountability – civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights, responsible consumption, sustainable autonomous citizen cells...

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Notes on Time is Running Out

…for the social transformations necessary to avert irreversible climate catastrophe

Time is running out for the world to carry out the social transformations necessary to avert irreversible climate catastrophe, keeping the increase in global average temperatures below 1.5°C (or below 2°C). The most optimistic scenario currently provided by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describes a pathway in which the increase in temperature will not rise to 1.5°C until 2040, peaking at 1.6°C, and then falling back to 1.4°C by the end of this century. But to achieve this will require revolutionary scale transformational change in global social relations affecting the human relation to the climate and the planetary environment as a whole.

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“Notes on Exterminism” for the Twenty-First-Century Ecology and Peace Movement

In 1980, the great English historian and Marxist theorist E. P. Thompson, author of The Making of the English Working Class and leader of the European Nuclear Disarmament movement, wrote the pathbreaking essay “Notes on Exterminism, the Last Stage of Civilisation.” Although the world has undergone a number of significant changes since, Thompson’s essay remains a useful starting point in approaching the central contradictions of our times, characterised by the planetary ecological crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, New Cold War, and current “empire of chaos”—all arising from features deeply embedded in the contemporary capitalist political economy.
 

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Billionaire Space Race: the ultimate symbol of capitalism’s flawed obsession with growth

Ever since 1972, when a team of MIT scientists published a massively influential report on the Limits to Growth, economists have been fighting about whether it’s possible for the economy to expand forever. Those who believe it can, appeal to the power of technology to “decouple” economic activity from its effects on the planet. Those (like me) who believe it can’t point to the limited evidence for decoupling at anything like the pace that’s needed to avoid a climate emergency or prevent a catastrophic decline in biodiversity.

The growth debate often hangs on the power you attribute to technology to save us. Usually it’s the technophiles arguing for infinite growth on a finite planet – sometimes putting their hopes in speculative technologies such as direct air capture or dangerous ones like nuclear power. And usually it’s the sceptics arguing for a post-growth economy. But the simple division between technophiles and technophobes has never been particularly helpful. Very few growth sceptics reject technology completely. No one at all is asking humanity to return to the cave.

My own research teams at the University of Surrey have been exploring the vital role of sustainable technology in transforming the economy for almost three decades now. But we’ve also shown how the dynamics of capitalism – in particular its relentless pursuit of productivity growth – continually push society towards materialistic goals, and undermine those parts of the economy such as care, craft and creativity, which are essential to our quality of life.

And now suddenly, along comes a group of self-confessed technology lovers finally admitting that the planet is too small for us. Yes, you were right, they imply: the Earth cannot sustain infinite growth. That’s why we have to expand into space. Wait. What just happened? Did somebody move the goalposts? Something is wrong. Maybe it’s me. One thing I know for sure. I’m no longer the same kid I was – the one from the debating society. This house believes that humanity should grow the fuck up.

Before it spends trillions of dollars littering its techno-junk around the solar system, this house believes that humanity should pay a little more attention to what’s happening right here and now. On this planet.

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The Time for Civil Disobedience is Here

The struggles against the eco-social crisis are multiplying in Europe as we approach the point of no return. A few weeks ago, temperatures were recorded at 30 degrees above average in the Arctic and 40 degrees in the Antarctic.

In his letter "The last speech I give before I become a criminal",1 one of the best living Danish writers, Carsten Jensen, has given us a powerful text. An enumeration will gain even more power and resonance over the years as the echo of our presumed silences reverberates irremediably in our ears. Here are a few pearls from the speech: 

"If you think you can live as you've always lived,

you're wrong.

"If you think your children will have a life like yours,

you're wrong".

"If you think the disappearance of insects won't turn empires into rubble,

you're wrong.

"If you think humans can't live like rats,

you're wrong.

"If you think the planet's patience is infinite because it has endured the presence of your species for a few hundred thousand years,

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The Defence of Nature: Resisting the Financialisation of the Earth

In 2016, more than fifty multinationals came together to design a framework for monetizing the global ecology, using fabricated shadow pricing systems based on the capitalist market system. The report highlighted the enormous opportunities for debt "leverage" represented by "emerging natural capital markets, such as water quality trading, wetland and endangered species banking, and natural carbon sequestration." Consequently, it was imperative to "put a price on the value of nature" or, put another way, "a monetary value on what nature does for...business." The future of the capitalist economy lies in ensuring that the market pays "for ecosystem services that were previously free," which could generate new economic value for companies capable of converting natural capital securities into financial assets.

Water as a [natural] asset class will eventually become the most important physical commodity-based asset class, eclipsing oil, copper, agricultural commodities, and precious metals." In this perspective, the world's freshwater sources, which represent one of the planetary boundaries designated by natural science, will be monopolized as natural capital by relatively few companies that will be able to charge market rents for ecosystem services.

Plans for expropriation and accumulation of natural capital by global finance are today directed primarily at the Global South... Indigenous territories cover about 24% of the earth's surface and "contain 80% of the earth's remaining healthy ecosystems and global biodiversity priority areas," making them prime targets for expropriation and conversion into marketable natural capital.

The final result, however, is to impose a system geared to economic growth and debt expansion on natural systems, which are physically limited, and where the crucial conditions are those of reproduction and sustainability. In reality, what is meant is the leveraging of the credit/debt system worldwide through the financialization of land, with the expropriation of indigenous lands as the basis.

In the face of increasing resource scarcity and the relentless drive for natural capital, indigenous and smallholders struggle to defend their lives, their communities and their lands. In all these struggles and many others, the goal is ultimately sustainable human development, necessarily coupled with resistance to capitalism, racism, colonialism, imperialism and ecological devastation...Underlying this is the recognition that an exploitative system that places its faith in "the fetish character of capital" at the expense of all human existence and life on the planet can only lead, if unchecked, to ultimate catastrophe.

"The coming global ecological revolution" means "returning to our humanity and to our origins as good relatives" of the earth. It means rationally regulating the metabolism of human society with the universal nature of which we are an inseparable part.

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Nature as a Mode of Accumulation

Capitalism and the Financialisation of the Earth

The expropriation of the commons, its simplification, division, violent seizure, and transformation into private property constituted the fundamental precondition for the historical origin of industrial capitalism. What Karl Marx referred to as the original expropriation of the commons in England and in much of the world (often involving the expropriation of the labourers themselves in various forms of slavery and forced labour) generated the concentrations in wealth and power that propelled the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution. In the process, the entire human relation to nature was alienated and upended. As Karl Polanyi wrote in The Great Transformation, “What we call land is an element of nature inextricably interwoven with man’s institutions. To isolate it and form a market for it was perhaps the weirdest of all the undertakings of our ancestors.

In order to develop a critical analysis of the current capitalist expropriation of world ecology, it is necessary to explore the concept of natural capital in the work of Marx and other early radical critics within classical political economy. It will then be possible to contrast this to current approaches in neoclassical economics, which views natural capital in purely exchange-value terms, offering this as a solution to the environmental problem. If, in Marx’s analysis, the human economy existed within what he called “the universal metabolism of nature,” in today’s dominant neoclassical economics, according to Dieter Helm, Chairman of the UK Natural Capital Committee, “the environment is part of the economy and needs to be properly integrated into it so that growth opportunities will not be missed. Integrating the environment into the economy is hampered by the almost complete absence of proper accounting for natural assets.” Here, the whole of the Earth System is conceived as a largely unincorporated “part” of the capitalist economy. In Helm’s conception, the capitalist economy faces no outer boundaries but is capable of subsuming all of nature, which then simply becomes part of the overall capitalist system.

 

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Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilisation of the climate at intermediate temperature rises and cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced. Crossing the threshold would lead to a much higher global average temperature than any interglacial in the past 1.2 million years and to sea levels significantly higher than at any time in the Holocene. We examine the evidence that such a threshold might exist and where it might be. If the threshold is crossed, the resulting trajectory would likely cause serious disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies. Collective human action is required to steer the Earth System away from a potential threshold and stabilise it in a habitable interglacial-like state. Such action entails stewardship of the entire Earth System—biosphere, climate, and societies—and could include decarbonisation of the global economy, enhancement of biosphere carbon sinks, behavioural changes, technological innovations, new governance arrangements, and transformed social values.

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The Problematic Role of Materialistic Values in the Pursuit of Sustainable Well-Being

Strong materialistic values help to maintain consumer capitalism, but they can have negative consequences for individual well-being, for social equity and for environmental sustainability. In this paper, we add to the existing literature on the adverse consequences of materialistic values by highlighting their negative association with engagement in attitudes and actions that support the achievement of sustainable well-being. To do this, we explore the links between materialistic values and attitudes towards sufficiency (consuming “just enough”) as well as mindfulness (non-judgmental awareness of the present moment) and flow (total immersion in an activity), which have all been linked to increased well-being and more sustainablebehaviours. We present results from three correlational studies that examine the association between materialistic values and sufficiency attitudes (Study 1, n = 310), a multi-faceted measure of mindfulness (Study 2, n = 468) and the tendency to experience flow (Study 3, n = 2000). Results show that materialistic values were negatively associated with sufficiency attitudes, mindfulness, and flow experiences. We conclude with practical considerations and suggest next steps for tackling the problematic aspects of materialism and encouraging the development of sustainable well-being.
 

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The Condition of Women

The Condition of women in the second decade of the twenty-first century remains precarious in all spheres of life. From their right to choose an abortion or their right to maternity leave from their place of work to equal pay for work of equal value with respect to men or their access to many positions and responsibilities in the echelons of the private sector or as public servants, women remain systematically discriminated by a system designed to grant men permanent privileges and make women subservient to their interests and power, as it has been the case throughout history. This paper discusses the persistent precarious situation of women in the world of work, addressing many critically important issues, such as sexual harassment, labour compensation and labour legislation. The outlook is that women continue to be deliberately discriminated against, both legally and in customary employment practices.

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