The Earth Wind and Fire issue of Jacobin is an environmentalism from the standpoint of the Progressive State. Economic growth is given and natural, it happens, social forces can slow it down or it can be accelerated. Nature on the other hand, bereft of value bearing physis, is a curious mix of a sum of … Continue reading Think Big Socialism and the spectre of degrowth: From one materialism to another (part II)
by Eric Pineault A fascinating aspect of Jacobin's Earth Wind and Fire issue is the obsessive “presence of the absence" of Degrowth, of limits and the critique of scale. When mentioned, Degrowth is evoked to further convince the reader of the necessity and reasonableness of green Keynesianism and accelerated centrally planned solar communism. Writing after several … Continue reading Think Big Socialism and the Spectre of Degrowth: The Ghost of Progress (Part I)
by Emanuele Leonardi Do we really need to choose either infinite (if alternative) growth or a steady-state economy? What if we may opt for shrinking entropic/industrial sectors and allowing for negentropic labor to freely flourish? Editors’ note: This is the third in a series of ENTITLE blog articles that critically engage with the ongoing discussions … Continue reading Reframing the Left Eco-Modernism vs. Orthodox Eco-Socialism Debate, or: Assessing the Transformation of the Value-Nature Nexus
by Stefania Barca The answers to the climate crisis and to an ecological socialism must be searched for, not in ecomodernism, but in the intersection of ecological, feminist, and socialist perspectives. Editors' note: This is the second in a series of ENTITLE blog articles that critically engage with the ongoing discussions about "eco-modernist socialism" and … Continue reading The Jacobin’s eco-modernist dilemma
By Aaron Vansintjan Let us dream big. But without considering the limits to the shit we consume and generate, our heads will stay in the clouds. Editors' note: This is the first in a series of ENTITLE blog articles that critically engage with the ongoing discussions about "eco-modernist socialism" and "communist futurism", projected in Jacobin magazine's climate … Continue reading The shitty new communist futurism
By Carmelo Ruiz.* The questionable but persistent neo-Malthusian argument of "global food scarcity" serves to conceal the political and economic factors that cause hunger and to deflect attention away from policy alternatives like land reform and food, argues Carmelo Ruiz. [This piece was first published on October 19, 2015 in the Institute for Social Ecology blog, and is published … Continue reading Is food really becoming scarce?
by Aaron Vansintjan* "Political ecology will remain a colonizing force until it credits Indigenous worldviews and supports the work of Indigenous scholars." Currently several connected issues are coming to a head in anthropology, political ecology, and environmental policy. You have political ecologists insisting that there is no nature separate from humans, and that environmental conservation … Continue reading Decolonizing nature, the academy, and Europe: An interview with Zoe Todd