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Critique of Ecomodernism

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ian Angus, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. Ian Angus

    Ian Angus New Member

    Some resources for the continuing discussion of ecomodernism.

    John Bellamy Foster: "The Planetary Rift and the New Human Exemptionalism: A Political-Economic Critique of Ecological Modernization Theory," Organization & Environment, October 2012.
    PDF Here: https://goo.gl/vmLHcG

    Ian Angus, "Hijacking the Anthropocene," Climate & Capitalism, May 19, 2015
    HIJACKING THE ANTHROPOCENE

    Bill Blackwater, "The Denialism of Progressive Environmentalists," Monthly Review, June 2012
    The Denialism of Progressive Environmentalists | Bill Blackwater | Monthly Review

    These focus on the Breakthrough Institute and capitalist ecomodernism.

    It's important to be aware that there is a significant current of leftist ecomodernism, as exemplified in the current issue of Jacobin. The most vigorous (and repulsive) statement of this current's views is
    Leigh Phillips, Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-porn Addicts: A defence of growth, progress, industry and stuff, Zero Books, 2015​
    This book needs to be thoroughly reviewed/demolished from an ecosocialist perspective. I'd do that myself, but I would have to read it again, and I just don't have the stomach for that.

    Ian Angus
     
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  2. Phil Gasper

    Phil Gasper New Member

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  3. Sandra Lindberg

    Sandra Lindberg Moderator

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  4. Ted F

    Ted F Admin

    Thanks to Ian, Phil, and Sandra for opening up this conversation about ecomodernism.

    I forced myself to read the first article recommended by Ian and I'm glad I did. (See John Bellamy Foster: "The Planetary Rift and the New Human Exemptionalism: A Political-Economic Critique of Ecological Modernization Theory," Organization & Environment, October 2012. PDF Here: https://goo.gl/vmLHcG ) It is all about trends within the field of sociology and made me appreciate (1) the ecomodernism has a strong beachhead in academia and is not, as I had naively imagined, just a front for the nuclear lobby; and (2) John Bellamy Foster is fighting the battle in academia that others, like myself, might have the freedom to focus our energies elsewhere. Ecomodernism will likely gain adherents among the priviledged techno-elite but they have little to offer the many young people who are attracted to values of justice, kindness, equality, and peace.
     
  5. David J

    David J Member

    Also want to acknowledge the work of people like John Foran, Ken Hiltner and others at UCSB really challenging their colleagues in academia to reinvigorate the humanities with work in climate justice.
     
  6. Ted Trainer

    Ted Trainer New Member

    I published a somewhat detailed critique of Leigh Phillips in Resilience a little while ago. There is a copy in the alphabetical list of articles at

    thesimplerway.info/ARTICLES.htm

    ...please scan down the topic list to Ecomodernism and its the last one there.

    Ted Trainer
     

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