Please join us to celebrate the publication of “Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital”
Benjamin Kunkel interviews Jason W. Moore
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The relationship between capital and ecology in the longue durée
Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism’s greatest strength—and the source of its problems—is its capacity to create Cheap Natures: labor, food, energy, and raw materials. That capacity is now in question. Rethinking capitalism through the pulsing and renewing dialectic of humanity-in-nature, Moore takes readers on a journey from the rise of capitalism to the modern mosaic of crisis. Capitalism in the Web of Life shows how the critique of capitalism-in-nature—rather than capitalism and nature—is key to understanding our predicament, and to pursuing the politics of liberation in the century ahead.
Jason W. Moore is a world historian at Binghamton University, and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. He writes regularly on environmental history, capitalism, and the crises of the 21st century. He is author of Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (Verso, 2015); World-Ecology and the Crisis of Capitalism: The End of Cheap Nature (in Italian, Ombre Corte, 2015); Transformations of the Earth: How Nature Matters in the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World (in Chinese, Commercial Publishers, 2015); and editor of Anthropocene or Capitalocene: Nature, Justice, and the Crisis of the 21st Century (PM Press, 2016). His scholarly essays on environmental history, food and agriculture, and world history are available on his website: www.jasonwmoore.com. He is presently completing Seven Cheap Things Capitalism Needs to Survive, with Raj Patel, and Ecology and the Rise of Capitalism, for the University of California Press.
Benjamin Kunkel is the author of Indecision, a novel; Buzz, a play; and Utopia or Bust, an essay collection. He is a founding editor of n+1.