Episode 59: Capitalism and the Ecological Crisis
Andrew interviews Brendan, principal author of MHI’s new Marxist-Humanist Perspective on Capitalism and the Ecological Crisis. The statement argues that the climate crisis won’t and can’t be solved without overthrowing capitalism. The source of the problem isn’t ill will, ideology, or greed, but capitalism’s law of value and the reckless, anarchic growth that flows from it. Brendan contrasts this conclusion to the perspectives put forward by degrowth theorists, and by those who contend that the solutions to the ecological crisis are technological and political. He argues that none of these alternatives come to grips with capitalism’s mode of production, which compels capitalists to pursue growth without regard to its effects on our environment. He also explains what several aspects of Marx’s theory have to do with this––the law of value, the concentration and centralization of capital, and production for the sake of production (the destructive character of capitalism’s growth isn’t for the sake of human consumption).
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