A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things review – how capitalism works

In the early pages of their book A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W Moore ask us to consider the McNugget as the reigning symbol of the modern era. One of their central contentions is that we are no longer living in the Holocene, but in a new geological era they refer to as the Capitalocene – the currently fashionable term “Anthropocene”, they argue, suggests that our current state of ecological emergency is merely the result of humans doing what humans do, whereas the reality is that it flows out of the specific historical phenomenon of capitalism

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jun/14/a-history-world-seven-cheap-things-rak-patel-james-moore-review

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A Synthesis of the Findings of P2P Theory: Ten Years After | P2P Foundation

“The object of P2P Theory is to investigate the specific phase transition from social forms based on the domination of the market form (aka capitalism), to social forms based on the peer to peer network form.”

Different historians and anthropologists have posited the existence of dominant social forms, which evolve over time, though should not necessarily be seen as a univocal evolution.

Just as capitalism consists of Capital-Nation-State under the domination of the capitalist market logic as the main mode of exchange, so we posit the Productive Commons Community, the generative Entrepreneurial Coalition, and the For-Benefit Association as the seed form for a society that consists of a Productive Commons-Centric Civil Society, a Ethical Economy, and a Partner State, but under the dominant exchange form of the Commons.

https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/p2p-theory/2016/05/24

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Herman Daly, Benjamin Kunkel: Ecologies of Scale. New Left Review 109, January-February 2018.

Thanks Bob! Will read with interest

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On 18/06/2018 13:08, Bob Thomson wrote:
> A Steady State / Ecological Economics / Degrowth 101 review, or long > read, with Herman Daly. Whatever your views within this (these) > stream(s), this is an overview combining his personal subjective roots > with a discussion of historical theoretical approaches that amounts to > a good introductory tutorial.
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> https://newleftreview.org/II/109/herman-daly-benjamin-kunkel-ecologies-of-scale

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Herman Daly, Benjamin Kunkel: Ecologies of Scale. New Left Review 109, January-February 2018.

A Steady State / Ecological Economics / Degrowth 101 review, or long read, with Herman Daly. Whatever your views within this (these) stream(s), this is an overview combining his personal subjective roots with a discussion of historical theoretical approaches that amounts to a good introductory tutorial.

https://newleftreview.org/II/109/herman-daly-benjamin-kunkel-ecologies-of-scale

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Making the case against geoengineering

The Big Bad Fix powerfully exposes the dangers of deliberate climate modification, and presents alternatives. A deeper focus on fighting the fossil industry would strengthen the argument.

The role of degrowth doesn’t appear in this review (or the book?) but it’s a good summary of the problem. Bob

http://climateandcapitalism.com/2018/05/14/making-the-case-against-geoengineering/

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Barcelona: ICTA-R&D Master in Political Ecology: Pre-registrations now open!

This is the first Master of its kind, and one of the first in the world in the flourishing field of Political Ecology. The Master builds on a successful 7-year series of international Summer Schools on Environmental Justice and Degrowth, two ongoing European Research Council projects on global environmental justice – see the Atlas of Environmental conflicts (https://ejatlas.org/) – and on urban environmental justice (http://www.bcnuej.org/). ICTA coordinated also ENTITLE, a post-graduate training network in political ecology funded by the EU. Our program benefits from the several top researchers that are currently working at ICTA (the Institute for Environmental Studies and Technology) and R&D (Research and Degrowth) in Barcelona, the two institutions co-organizing this program.

https://degrowth.org/master/

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The Post-Development Dictionary agenda: paths to the pluriverse

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of The Development Dictionary edited by Wolfgang Sachs. This article by Demaria and Kothari lays out both a critique of the oxymoron ‘sustainable development’, and the potential and nuances of a Post-Development agenda. They present ecological swaraj from India and Degrowth from Europe as two examples of alternatives to development. This gives a hint of the forthcoming book, provisionally titled The Post-Development Dictionary, that is meant to deepen and widen a research, dialogue and action agenda for activists, policymakers and scholars on a variety of worldviews and practices relating to our collective search for an ecologically wise and socially just world.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01436597.2017.1350821
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