James O'Connor's influential 1988 article introducing the idea of a 'second contradiction of capitalism', between political economy and the environment.
"Those who insist that [environmental destruction] has nothing to do with Marxism merely ensure that what they choose to call Marxism will have nothing to do with what happens in the world." - Aiden Foster-Carter
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.
Part one of this article, looking at the 'carbon bubble' and path-dependent development is here.
Abolitionism in the 19th century US
Simple questions of technological progress abound in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.
In response to our introduction to Murray Bookchin's philosophy of technology, a commenter asked:
What's so bad about Prometheanism? Sounds good to me! Defying the gods, playing with fire, storming heaven...
The first in a series of critical introductions to thinkers and concepts that inform discussion of the climate crisis, looking at Murray Bookchin's ideas about technology.
Murray Bookchin (1921-2006) was a pioneer of radical ecological thought and working class autodidact. Bookchin's political trajectory took him from Stalinism (as a 9 year-old, he was soon expelled), to Trotskyism, to anarchism, to eventually breaking with anarchism and founding libertarian municipalism/communalism in an attempt to engage with the local state.
A brief critique of the existing model of heat production in Britain and a comparison with a communal system. If you thought things were rosy in the garden, think again...
Part of domestic living in Britain is receiving hot water and heating from a boiler that serves one property alone. In fact, around 93% of households have a single appliance in homes where typically the number of occupants per household is around 2.5. Natural gas is the majority fuel by far for all heat needs within homes and non-domestic buildings.