Capitalocene….Call of the Cthulhucene!

Reading through the very good text on ecological socialism, Anthropocence or Capitalocene? I came to chapter two, Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene, a neologism evoking the chthonic powers of the earth in a gaian trope of some kind, based on the spider, Pomoa Cthulu.

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Pomoa Cthulu

But in a moment of overworked semantic Blink or doubletake I took this as reference to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu monster, the ‘thing on the doorstep’. Jiffy reference at Wikipedia produced


Pimoa is derived from the language of the Gosiute people in Utah and means “big legs”.[2] Gustavo Hormiga, who named the species, derived the specific name from Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s fictional deity Cthulhu, which Hormiga writes is “akin to the powers of Chaos”.[1]

So the original idea is right? Are you confused? must be a case of cthulhucenic commodity fetishism…

Anyway I like it: the capitalist Cthulhucene

The Call of Cthulhu - Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, Ron N. Butler