In an another post today, scroll down, we have pointed to the failure of marxism in the realm of theory and practice. And yet marxists are as wedded as ever to the confusions of Marx and now are attempting in some quarters to a revisionist Marx who understood ecology all along, when every indication of the history of bolshevism suggests an industrialism with Marx’s implied blessing that is blind to ecological concerns.
If you have to scrounge in corners of Marx’s writings to prove he was right all along then the gesture is likely to fail. But the real issue here is that the clarity, relative, of ecological thinking, can be blended with the fallacies of marxism and then turned into dogma. These revisionists, viz. at Monthly Review, have already created the perfect talking point rebuttal to anyone who sensibly indicts marxism/leninism for ecological lacunae.
And now anyone who discusses ecology and socialism with end up getting boilerplate redux of marxism now quite ecological. It doesn’t wash.
We need a postmarxism in which an ecological viewpoint emerges in an intergrated/innovative platform. Everything marxists get their hands on is a dismal pseudo-science. Replacing the ‘spiritual’ aspect of many current thinkers with marxist materialism is worse than a waste of time: it is a throwback hallucination to Marx’s junky scientism.
This book compounds the confusion with out of date darwinism and its fallacies (here Marx was the first critic of Darwin, originally).
A hopeless mess…how can we sideline marxist theology and start over…
Progress requires the conquest of nature. Or does it? This startling new account overturns conventional interpretations of Marx and in the process outlines a more rational approach to the current environmental crisis. Marx, it is often assumed, cared only about industrial growth and the development of economic forces. John Bellamy Foster examines Marx’s neglected writings on capitalist agriculture and soil ecology, philosophical naturalism, and evolutionary theory. He shows that Marx, known as a powerful critic of capitalist society, was also deeply concerned with the changing human relationship to nature. Marx’s Ecology covers many other thinkers, including Epicurus, Charles Darwin, Thomas Malthus, Ludwig Feuerbach, P. J. Proudhon, and William Paley. By reconstructing a materialist conception of nature and society, Marx’s Ecology challenges the spiritualism prevalent in the modern Green movement, pointing toward a method that offers more lasting and sustainable solutions to the ecological crisis.