Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation

Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation

by Fred Magdoff, Chris Williams

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Overview

Sickened by the contamination of their water, their air, of the Earth itself, more and more people are coming to realize that it is capitalism that is, quite literally, killing them. It is now clearer than ever that capitalism is also degrading the Earth’s ability to support other forms of life. Capitalism’s imperative—to make profit at all costs and expand without end—is destabilizing Earth’s climate, while increasing human misery and inequality on a planetary scale. Already, hundreds of millions of people are facing poverty in the midst of untold wealth, perpetual war, growing racism, and gender oppression. The need to organize for social and environmental reforms has never been greater. But crucial as reforms are, they cannot solve our intertwined ecological and social crises. Creating an Ecological Society reveals an overwhelmingly simple truth: Fighting for reforms is vital, but revolution is essential.

Because it aims squarely at replacing capitalism with an ecologically sound and socially just society, Creating an Ecological Society is filled with revolutionary hope. Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, who have devoted their lives to activism, Marxist analysis, and ecological science, provide informed, fascinating accounts of how a new world can be created from the ashes of the old. Their book shows that it is possible to envision and create a society that is genuinely democratic, equitable, and ecologically sustainable. And possible—not one moment too soon—for society to change fundamentally and be brought into harmony with nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583676318
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 05/29/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Fred Magdoff taught at the University of Vermont in Burlington, is a director of the Monthly Review Foundation, and has written on political economy for many years. He is most recently the author (with John Bellamy Foster) of The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (Monthly Review Press).


Chris Williams is an environmental activist, teacher, and author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.


Chris Williams is an environmental activist, teacher, and author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Bellamy Foster 7

Preface 17

Part 1 Why an Alternative Is Essential

1 The Social and Ecological Planetary Emergency 25

2 The Root of the Social-Ecological Crisis 49

3 Capitalism versus the Biosphere 75

4 Capitalism's Effects on People 125

Part 2 Is an Ecological Society Possible?

5 Humans as Part of Nature 157

6 Does "Human Nature" Prevent System Change? 173

7 Equality as Biological Fact 197

Part 3 Learning from Nature

8 The Biosphere: Cycles of Life 213

9 Developing Resilient Social-Ecological Systems 231

10 Ecological Approaches to Fulfilling Human Needs 247

Part 4 Toward a New Society

11 Living in an Ecological Society 283

12 Revolution: Creating an Ecological Society 305

Notes 331

Index 373

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