The Robbery of Nature: Capitalism and the Ecological Rift

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Bridges the gap between social and environmental critiques of capitalism
In the nineteenth century, Karl Marx, inspired by the German chemist Justus von Liebig, argued that capitalism’s relation to its natural environment was that of a robbery system, leading to an irreparable rift in the metabolism between humanity and nature. In the twenty-first century, these classical insights into capitalism’s degradation of the earth have become the basis of extraordinary advances in critical theory and practice associated with contemporary ecosocialism. In The Robbery of Nature, John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, working within this historical tradition, examine capitalism’s plundering of nature via commodity production, and how it has led to the current anthropogenic rift in the Earth System.

 

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Contents

Preface
7
The Expropriation of Nature
35
The Rift of Éire
64
Women Nature and Capital
78
Marx as a Food Theorist
104
Marx and Alienated Speciesism
130
Capitalism and the Paradox of Wealth
152
The Meaning of Work in a Sustainable
173
Marxs Ecology and the Left
190
The Planetary Emergency 20202050 238
238
The Long Ecological Revolution
269
Notes 288
288
Index 374
374
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John Bellamy Foster is an editor of Monthly Review and a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. His previous books on ecology include: The Vulnerable Planet, Marx’s Ecology, Hungry for Profit (edited with Fred Magdoff and Frederick Buttel), Ecology Against Capitalism, The Ecological Revolution, The Ecological Rift (with Brett Clark and Richard York), What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (with Fred Magdoff), Marx and the Earth (with Paul Burkett), and The Robbery of Nature (with Brett Clark).

Brett Clark is a associate editor of Monthly Review and a professor of sociology at the University of Utah. He is co-author (with John Bellamy Foster and Richard York) of Critique of Intelligent Design.

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