Five new titles for an ecosocialist bookshelf

October 15, 2019

Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new titles delving into crucial issues for ecosocialists.


On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal
By Naomi Klein
Simon & Schuster (in Canada: Knopf) 2019

Of course she needs no introduction — Naomi Klein is a leading advocate for social and environmental justice, whose books and essays have helped to mobilize millions. On Fire combines more than a decade of her long-form essays with new material on the political and economic crises we face today.

Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community from the Mining Industry
By Joan Kuyek
Between the Lines, 2019

An essential resource from a long-time campaigner against Canada’s corrupt and destructive mining industry. Joan Kuyek shows how people are fighting back, to stop mines before they start, to get abandoned mines cleaned up, and to change the laws that were written by and for corporate interests.

Savage Ecology: War & Geopolitics at the End of the World
By Jairus Victor Grove
Duke University Press, 2019

We live in a world made by war. Jairus Victor Grove offers an ecological theory of geopolitics, showing how political violence is the principal force behind climate change, mass extinction, slavery, genocide, extractive capitalism, and other catastrophes.

The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism
By Keith Makato Woodhouse
Columbia University Press, 2018

In the 1980s, small groups of US green activists began direct action campaigns including blockades, tree-sits and industrial sabotage. Their defence of nature was coupled with explicit indifference to human suffering and social justice. In The Ecocentrists, Keith Makato Woodhouse traces the origins and history of that movement, and critiques its philosophical and political ideas.

Overripe Economy: American Capitalism & the Crisis of Democracy
By Alan Nasser
Pluto Press, 2018

From industrialisation to the present day, Overripe Economy is a genealogy of the emergence of a finance-ridden, authoritarian, austerity-plagued US capitalism. Alan Nasser argues that neoliberal capitalism is the natural outcome of mature capitalism’s evolution.

[Inclusion on the list doesn't necessarily imply endorsement of a book's contents.]

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