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Clarity of ideas and political method: Resolute Reader looks at “The Robbery of Nature”


The Robbery of Nature: Capitalism and the Ecological Rift
386 pp, $28 pbk, ISBN 978-1-58367-839-8
By John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark

Reviewed by Martin Empson

“Over the last few decades John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark have been at the forefront of showing how classical Marxism is the foremost tool in explaining capitalism’s rift with the ecological systems that support our society. They have shown how Karl Marx’s idea of the ‘metabolic rift’ explains how capitalism is a break with other historical modes of production, a break that has transformed our relationship to the natural world and then broken the ongoing metabolism between humans and the planet. Reading this book while trapped at home during the Covid-19 pandemic it is very easy to see the practical application of Marx’s metabolic rift theory….”

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