Author Archives: Bob Thomson

The Dawn of Human History Gets a Rewrite – Atlantic Magazine

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/11/graeber-wengrow-dawn-of-everything-history-humanity/620177 Graeber & Wengrow’s brilliant new account upends bedrock assumptions about 30,000 years of change. Below is a quick synthesis of what I liked most about his review wrt 17th century first nations indigenous critiques and inspiration of European enlightenment. … Continue reading

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Protein from gorse bushes could feed millions of people, says expert | Plants | The Guardian

The gorse bushes that have invaded many Scottish landscapes could produce enough protein to feed millions of people, according to the leader of a Scottish government research programme. The surprising suggestion by Prof Wendy Russell, at the University of Aberdeen, … Continue reading

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Ecosocialism and degrowth: A reply | Climate & Capitalism

In A critique of degrowth, David Schwartzman argued that ecosocialists should reject degrowth advocates’ analysis and solutions. In this contribution, ecosocialist Simon Butler challenges aspects of Schwartzman’s critique. https://climateandcapitalism.com/2022/01/06/ecosocialism-and-degrowth-a-reply/

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A Critique of Degrowth by David Schwartzman

Ecosocialist responses to “degrowth” analysis and proposals have ranged from full support to total rejection. The author of the following critical commentary is an emeritus professor of biology at Howard University, and co-author of The Earth is Not for Sale … Continue reading

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Review: The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber & David Wengrow gets almost everything wrong.

https://www.focaalblog.com/2021/12/22/chris-knight-wrong-about-almost-everything/ Chris Knight: Senior research fellow in anthropology at University College London, where he forms part of a team researching the origins of our species in Africa. The Dawn of Everything’s central idea is challenging. We are told that humans … Continue reading

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“The iron cage” of Capital – Leonardo Boff, ALAI 04/01/2022

The unexpected may occur, within the quantum perspective assumed by the new cosmology: the current suffering due to the systemic crisis will not be in vain; it is accumulating benign energies that will make a leap to another, higher order. … Continue reading

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The great plastic bag myth | Climate & Capitalism

In 2017 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimated that, by weight, there will be more plastics than fish in the sea by 2050. As for humans, we consume micro and nano plastics via food and water, and also breathe them in. … Continue reading

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What kind of shit is this? Shit that changed the world!

In the last two decades it has been common, in Marxist books on ecology, to find discussions of how capitalist agriculture developed an urgent need for fertilizers to solve the crisis of soil fertility in the 19th century. One source … Continue reading

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Does Graeber & Wengrow’s ‘The Dawn of Everything’ get human history wrong?

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2021/12/17/the-dawn-of-everything-gets-human-history-wrong Is inequality inevitable? Is freedom just a choice? Here are two critiques of a widely-praised book. It’s not often that a book by radical authors gets reviewed – let alone favourably reviewed – in the mainstream press. The Dawn … Continue reading

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The Ecosocialist – Beyond the “Growth” Religion

Capitalist production has imposed an antagonistic and irrational “metabolic rift” between humanity and nature that leads to a dead end. That’s why what we call ecosocialism rejects not only the goal of ever-increasing profitability for the enrichment of those who … Continue reading

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