Capitalism, Democracy and Ecology: Departing from Marx

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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....

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Overview

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 proletarian 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780252024221
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Power/Knowledge in Coevolving Ecologies and Economies 1
1 Departures from Marx: Rethinking Ecologies and Economies 29
2 Biospheres and Technospheres: Moving from Ecology to Hyperecology with the New Class 59
3 The Dangers of Discourse: Polyarchy and Megatechnics as Environmental Forces 88
4 On Environmentality: Geopower and Ecoknowledge in Contemporary Environmental Discourses 118
5 Ecodiscipline and the Post-Cold War Global Economy: Rethinking Environmental Critiques of Geo-Economics 143
6 Slow Burn, Fast Detonation, Killer Fragments: Rereading the Unabomber Manifesto 171
7 Social Ecology as Political Economy for Alternative Modernities 196
8 Searching for Alternative Modernities: Populism and Ecology 217
Index 251
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