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The Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on the Earth

The Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on the Earth New Political Science, Volume 34, Number 2, June 2012 Book Reviews John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York, The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth, New York: Monthly Review, 2010, 544 pp. The Ecological Rift confronts environmental degradation with capitalism squarely in its cross-hairs. According to the authors, the world is facing an ecological crisis of epic proportions. This crisis is characterized by a series of interconnected environmental tipping points that together constitute a pending global catastrophe that threatens all life forms. The book describes the crisis as a critical mass of environmentally unsound human activities that together have severely and in some cases irreversibly upset key ecological cycles. The authors then situate the crisis in a network of social, political, and economic structures responsible for creating it. The crux of their argument is that the environmental crisis is not these various tipping points – although understanding them scientifically is part of the solution—but rather it is a manifestation of James O’Connor ’s second contradiction of capitalism in which capitalism consumes everything in order to survive, even the natural resources which sustain the system itself. The book elaborates on Foster ’s earlier work on Karl Marx’s “metabolic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Political Science Taylor & Francis

The Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on the Earth

New Political Science , Volume 34 (2): 3 – Jun 1, 2012
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Taylor & Francis
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1469-9931
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0739-3148
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10.1080/07393148.2012.676404
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New Political Science, Volume 34, Number 2, June 2012 Book Reviews John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York, The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth, New York: Monthly Review, 2010, 544 pp. The Ecological Rift confronts environmental degradation with capitalism squarely in its cross-hairs. According to the authors, the world is facing an ecological crisis of epic proportions. This crisis is characterized by a series of interconnected environmental tipping points that together constitute a pending global catastrophe that threatens all life forms. The book describes the crisis as a critical mass of environmentally unsound human activities that together have severely and in some cases irreversibly upset key ecological cycles. The authors then situate the crisis in a network of social, political, and economic structures responsible for creating it. The crux of their argument is that the environmental crisis is not these various tipping points – although understanding them scientifically is part of the solution—but rather it is a manifestation of James O’Connor ’s second contradiction of capitalism in which capitalism consumes everything in order to survive, even the natural resources which sustain the system itself. The book elaborates on Foster ’s earlier work on Karl Marx’s “metabolic

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