Think Big Socialism and the spectre of degrowth: From one materialism to another (part II)

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)

Reframing the Left Eco-Modernism vs. Orthodox Eco-Socialism Debate, or: Assessing the Transformation of the Value-Nature Nexus 

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 

In memory of James O’Connor (1930-2017) – II part

What follows is the second part of six contributions (here the first part) by scholars and activists who responded to a call circulated via the ENTITLE network in November 2017, shortly after James O’Connor’s death. Our intent was to solicit personal reflections and memories on how O’Connor had influenced people who encountered his work in … Continue reading In memory of James O’Connor (1930-2017) – II part

In memory of James O’Connor (1930-2017) – I part

What follows are six contributions (divided into two posts) by scholars and activists who responded to a call circulated via the ENTITLE network in November 2017, shortly after James O’Connor’s death. Our intent was to solicit personal reflections and memories on how O’Connor had influenced people who encountered his work in different ways and across … Continue reading In memory of James O’Connor (1930-2017) – I part

Going for “the simpler way”

By Ted Trainer* In his contribution to the series Ecology after capitalism, Ted Trainer argues that ecosocialism is not the answer and calls for the left and degrowthers to embrace all the radical implications of the "limits to growth" analysis. This implies following "the simpler way", his own proposal for achieving a post-capitalist society based … Continue reading Going for “the simpler way”

Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part II)

By Leandro Vergara-Camus* In the Part II of the third post of the Ecology after capitalism series, Leandro Vergara-Camus attempts to show that Marxism is useful for the degrowth movement because of its understanding of what the specificity of capitalism is in comparison to other types of societies. In order to build a post-capitalist society, … Continue reading Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part II)

Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part I)

By Leandro Vergara-Camus* In the third post of the Ecology after capitalism series, divided in Part I and Part II, Leandro Vergara-Camus argues that the root causes of the socially and ecologically destructive character of capitalism is not to be found in growth, but in capitalist accumulation. He suggests that growth can be greened in … Continue reading Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part I)

Beyond the limits of nature: a social-ecological view of growth and degrowth

By Eleanor Finley* In this second article of the series "Ecology after capitalism", Finley revisits the concept of growth from the libertarian socialist perspective of social ecology. She draws on Bookchin’s work to interrogate the limits of a degrowth conception of ‘growth’ and argues that we might find more opportunities for social and political transformation … Continue reading Beyond the limits of nature: a social-ecological view of growth and degrowth

The labor(s) of degrowth

By Stefania Barca* In the first post of the Ecology after capitalism series, Stefania Barca argues that degrowth has potential to facilitate the discussion and practice of an emancipatory ecological class-consciousness, provided it engages with the centrality of work and class in the transition to a post-carbon and post-capitalist paradigm. Ecological economist Giorgos Kallis’ response … Continue reading The labor(s) of degrowth

Ecology after capitalism

A series of upcoming posts on ENTITLEBlog seeks to foster emerging debates around egalitarian futures beyond accumulation and growth. In an intervention republished on this blog in October 2015, the political ecologist Giorgos Kallis provided important arguments for an emerging dialogue between degrowth and eco-socialism. Commenting on a recent piece by John Bellamy Foster, and challenging … Continue reading Ecology after capitalism