From pro-corporate 'environmentalism' to indigenous peoples' struggles: Six new books for ecosocialists

June 14, 2018

A look at six new books of interest to ecosocialists —  from pro-corporate “environmentalism” to the struggle of indigenous peoples in Latin America and the scramble for Africa’s natural resources.


Environmentalism Of The Rich
By Peter Dauvergne
MIT Press, 2018

The environmental movement is increasingly dominated by the environmentalism of the rich — diverted into eco-business, eco-consumption, wilderness preservation, energy efficiency and recycling. Environmentalism of the rich does little to bring about the sweeping institutional changes needed to make progress towards global sustainability.

Silencing The Bomb - One Scientist’s Quest to Halt Nuclear Testing
By Lynn R Sykes
Columbia University Press, 2017

From the dawn of the Cold War, seismologist Lynn Sykes campaigned to stop nuclear testing. Full of intrigue, international politics and hard science used for the global good, this is the inside story of one scientist’s efforts to keep the doomsday clock from striking midnight.

The Limits To Capitalist Nature: Theorizing & Overcoming the Imperial Mode of Living
By Ulrich Brand & Markus Wissen
Rowman & Littlefield, 2018

A historical-materialist understanding of the multiple crises of capitalism, focusing on the ecological crisis. It develops a critique of the green economy concept and proposes democratisation of society-nature relations as a way out of the crisis that requires overcoming capitalist property relations.

By Kristy Leissle
Polity, 2018

Behind every chocolate bar we unwrap, there is a world of power struggles and political manoeuvring over its most important ingredient: cocoa. Kristy Leissle reveals how cocoa, which brings pleasure and wealth to relatively few, depends upon an extensive global trade system that exploits the labour of 5 million growers, as well as countless other workers and vulnerable groups.

Extracting Profit: Imperialism, Neoliberalism & the New Scramble for Africa
by Lee Wengraf
Haymarket Books, 2018

Rising global prices in oil and minerals have produced a scramble for Africa’s natural resources, led by investment from US, European and Chinese companies. This period of “Africa rising” did not lead to the creation of jobs, but has instead fuelled the extraction of natural resources, profits accruing to global capital, and an increasingly wealthy African ruling class.

We the Indians: The Indigenous Peoples of Peru & the Struggle for Land
By Hugo Blanco
Merlin Press/Resistance Books/IIRE 2018

Peruvian revolutionary socialist Hugo Blanco was a key protagonist in the events he describes. His vivid and direct language takes the reader on an inspirational journey to the heart of Peru, looking for a respectful relationship with Pachamama (Mother Earth), and with its indigenous communities and their struggles for land reform and change in the 1950s and ’60s.

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