Capitalism, Democracy, and Ecology: Departing from Marx

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - 254 pages
The world that was revolutionized by industrialization is being remade
by the information revolution. But this is mostly a revolution from above,
increasingly shaped by a new class of technocrats, experts, and professionals
in the service of corporate capitalism.
Using Marx as a touchstone, Timothy W. Luke warns that if communities
are not to be overwhelmed by new class economic and political agendas,
then the practice of democracy must be reconstituted on a more populist
basis. However, the galvanizing force for this new, more community-centered
populism will not be the proletariat, as Marx predicted, nor contemporary
militant patriotic groups. Rather, Luke argues that many groups unified
by a concern for ecological justice present the strongest potential opposition
to capitalism.
Wide-ranging and lucid, Capitalism, Democracy, and Ecology is
essential reading in the age of information.
"Challenging and provocative." -- Robert Holsworth, coauthor
of Affirmative Action and the Stalled Quest for Black Progress
 

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Contents

Departures from Marx Rethinking Ecologies and Economies
29
Biospheres and Technospheres Moving from Ecology to Hypercology with New Class
59
The Dangers of Discourse Polyarchy and Megatechnics as Environmental Forces
88
On Environmentality Geopower and Ecoknowledge in Contemporary Environmental Discourse
118
Ecodiscipline and the PostCold War Global Economy Rethinking Environmental Critiques of GeoEconomics
143
Slow Burn Fast Detonation Killer Fragments Rereading the Unabomber Manifesto
171
Social Ecology as Political Economy for Alternative Modernities
196
Searching for Alternative Modernities Populism and Ecology
217
Index
251
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