Issue no.72
Autumn '00

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Introduction: Environmental Politics
Lange, Bettina; Strange, Gerard
Analysts on the left have been rethinking familiar categories in order to identify new "revolutionary subjects". Enviromental destruction and green resistance are two such . Recently it has often been the enviromental issues - rather than the more 'traditional' labour or feminist struggles - which have energised especially younger people into political activity, and this activity is more likely to be inspired by anarchism than marxism...


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Marxism and the Production of Nature
Castree, Noel
This essay reviews a century of debate on the Marx-nature-capitalism question. A concept of the capitalist production of nature, it is argued, may provide a way to move beyond the naturalist/socialist-constructionist impasse which is such a feature of Marxist theorising about the natural.


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'The Creatures, too, Must Become Free': Marx and the Animal/Human Distinction
Wilde, Lawrence
This article defends Marx against recent suggestions that his distinction between humans and other animals involves a dismissive attitude toward the latter. On the contrary Marx's humanism is a form of naturalism which is sensitive to all natural needs and which underpins his critique of 'inhuman' capitalism. Socialist humanism should support animal protection movements which expose the cruelty inherent in the accumulation process.


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Capitalism, Valorization and Political Economy of Ecological Crisis
Strange, Gerard
This article critically reviews recent attempts within Marxism to theorise the political economy of ecological crisis focusing particularly on the work of James O'Connor and Andre Gorz.


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Capital Against Nature
Spence, Martin
Through a critique of James O'Connor's theory of the 'second contradiction of capitalism', this paper proposes an alternative approach to a Marxist understanding of environmental crisis.


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On Explaining Consumption
Lodziak, Conrad
Fashionable culture-based theories of consumption, since they fail to address the more obvious ways in which consumption has increased in the advanced capitalist societies, are of little value for eco-socialist policies.


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Re-valorizing Rubbish: Some Critical Reflections on ‘Green’ Product Strategies
Neil Maycroft
This article critically engages with green product strategies
propounded by various radical designers and environmentalists.
The beneficial environmental effects expected from adopting such
strategies are critiqued by locating them within the political ecology
of capitalisl social relations.


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Re-valorizing Rubbish: Some Critical Reflections on ‘Green’ Product Strategies
Neil Maycroft
This article critically engages with green product strategies
propounded by various radical designers and environmentalists.
The beneficial environmental effects expected from adopting such
strategies are critiqued by locating them within the political ecology
of capitalisl social relations.


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Environmental Taxation and Red-Green Politics
Luckin, David
This article explores the debate surrounding environmental tax reform from the standpoint of red-green politics. The author argues that such reform has much potential in relation to improving the effectiveness of environmental regulation and reducing unemployment, and could contribute to the creation of more favourable conditions for more radical social and environmental change.


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Micro-Experiments in Alternatives
Shorthose, Jim
Micro-experiments in social and economic organisation which are alternatives to Capitalism, such as L.E.T.S. schemes offer the potential for greater material security, expanded realms of autonomy and more convivial ways of living.


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Book Review 72
'Vertical' versus 'Horizontal' Economics: Systems of Provision, Consumption Norms and Labour Market Structures (Alfredo Saad-Filho); A review article discussing the following books: Ben Fine: Labour Market Theory: A Constructive Reassessment Ben Fine: The Political Economy of Diet, Health and Food Policy Ben Fine, Michael Heasman and Judith Wright: Consumption in the Age of Affluence: The World of Food, Ben Fine and Ellen Leopold: The World of Consumption; A Triple Review by Nigel Lee in which he discusses the following books Ariel Salleh: Ecofeminism as Politics: Nature, Marx and the Postmodern. Mary Mellor: Feminism and Ecology. Nancy C.M. Hartsock: The Feminist Standpoint Revisited and Other Essays; Richard Huggett: Catastrophism: Asteroids, Comets, and Other Dynamic Events in Earth History. (David Harvie). Andrew Collier: Being and Worth. (Jonathan Joseph). Geoffrey M. Hodgson: Economics and Utopia: Why the learning economy is not the end of history. (Pete Clarke). George McKay (ed.): DiY Culture: Party and Protest in Nineties Britain. (Keir Milburn).Bob Russell: More with Less: Work Reorganization in the Canadian Mining Industry. (Luis L.M. Aguiar). Jeffrey Broadbent: Environmental Politics in Japan: Networks of Poiwer and Protest. (Paul Burkett). Akhtar A. Badshah: Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity and Sustainability. (Luis L.M. Aguiar). David E. Camacho (ed.): Environmental Injustices, Political Struggles, Race, Class, and the Environment. (Ian MacMillan). George Robertson et al (eds.): Future/Natural. nature/science/culture. (Bettina Lange). Ben Watson: Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play. (Karl Haselden). David Harvey: Spaces of Hope. (Neil Curry). Joe R. Feagin: The New Urban Paradigm: Critical Perspectives on the City. (Derek Kerr).

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