Out of the Woods's blog

Human nature

A human hand montaged with a tree and a cityscape

A review of Jason W Moore's book on world-ecology, Capitalism in the Web of Life.

Comments on Inventing the Future

A cat rides a vacuum cleaner robot

Some members of Out of the Woods have written responses to a new book, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams.

Contemporary agriculture: climate, capital, and cyborg ecology

Picnic in the food forest by Molly Danielsson (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Climate change will put pressure on world food production. We must disentangle the potential benefits of agricultural science and technology from agribusiness' centralised control of the food chain.

6 ways to fight climate chaos

Steam from power plant cooling towers

What can we do about a problem as big as climate change? Here are six ideas.

The future is kids' stuff

Thinking climate futures through the image of the child and reproduction smuggles conservative assumptions into our understanding and forecloses utopian possibilities.

Capitalist agriculture: class formation and the metabolic rift

In this fourth installment on our series on food and climate, we look at the dynamics of capitalist agriculture in terms of production, class formation, and the ‘metabolic rift’ in the nitrogen cycle.

Klein vs Klein

Klein vs Klein

This Changes Everything is a book capacious enough to allow Naomi Klein two positions at once. But a real climate-justice movement will at some point have to make choices.

The UN climate talks - a series of last chances

"Politicians Discuss Global Warming", sculpture by Issac Cordal, Berlin

A brief primer on the ongoing UN climate talks, as delegates meet in Lima.

The political economy of hunger

Why is there hunger? It’s nothing to do with a lack of food.

Out of the Woods articles in the new Occupied Times

Occupied Times 23

The Occupied Times has kindly given us a centre-spread in their new issue, which has an apocalypse theme.

The vivisection of oikeios: beyond the binary of nature and society

A felled tree

The common-sense distinction between nature and society was established through the bloody history of capitalist and colonial development, which brought about a real separation between the social and natural worlds.

Climate populism and the People’s Climate March

"The people are missing"

Large demonstrations are planned to push for action on climate change. Here we discuss the potentials and pitfalls of climate populism.

Class struggles, climate change, and the origins of modern agriculture

Plantation slavery

Class conflicts and colonial expansion in the context of the Little Ice Age lead to the emergence of capitalist agriculture and the transformation of social relations on a world scale.

The dangers of reactionary ecology

Hardin's lifeboat

Influential metaphors for understanding the environment serve as a bridge between traditional conservatism and outright ecofascism.

Climate, class, and the Neolithic revolution

Neolithic farmers

Climate change helped make human civilisation possible. Does it now threaten its existence?

Disaster communism part 3 - logistics, repurposing, bricolage

A look at the recent debate over capitalist logistics concludes our three-part discussion of disaster communism, bringing us full circle in looking at the repurposing of infrastructure to meet human needs.

Disaster communism part 2 - communisation and concrete utopia

Sonnenschiff 'solar city'

In part two of this three-part article, we look at the relationship between disaster communism, social revolution, and utopia.

Disaster communism part 1 - disaster communities

Occupy Sandy: "mutual aid, not charity"

In part one of this three-part article, we look at the concept of disaster communism as it relates to the communities of solidarity and mutual aid typically formed in disaster situations.

James O'Connor's second contradiction of capitalism

The Deepwater Horizon disaster: capital undermines its ecological basis

A critical introduction to the influential ecological Marxist concept of 'the second contradiction', proposed by James O'Connor.

Après moi le déluge! Fossil fuel abolitionism and the carbon bubble - part 2

A worker cleans an oil spill from an abandoned Shell well in Oloibiri, Nigeria

In part two of this two-part article, we look at the parallels between fossil-fuel abolitionism and the abolition of slavery in the 19th century United States.