Eco-Socialism or Eco-Capitalism?: A Critical Analysis of Humanity's Fundamental Choices

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This major synoptic work is remarkable for its author’s holistic treatment of the environment and social justice as inescapably related questions. He refuses to analyze the industrialized and developing countries as though they are so different that any understanding of the one can ignore the other. Saral Sarkar argues that the USSR bumped up against environmentally defined and resource-related limits to growth at a relatively early stage; but this does not mean that a free market, globalized capitalist economy ...

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Overview

This major synoptic work is remarkable for its author’s holistic treatment of the environment and social justice as inescapably related questions. He refuses to analyze the industrialized and developing countries as though they are so different that any understanding of the one can ignore the other. Saral Sarkar argues that the USSR bumped up against environmentally defined and resource-related limits to growth at a relatively early stage; but this does not mean that a free market, globalized capitalist economy will indefinitely escape a similar fate. Nor will a modified "eco-capitalism," as promoted by some sections of the Western environmental movement, provide a sufficiently grounded solution to the twin problems of environmental destruction and social injustice. The author looks, therefore, to a fundamentally different future—one in which our very notion of progress is differently conceived.

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An exploration of some of the most important questions facing humanity. Begins with an investigation of why the Soviet bureaucratic model of socialism failed, then shows that a free market capitalist economy built on the current model of industrial production and mass consumerism will eventually encounter a similar fate, and that a modified "eco-capitalism" will not provide a solution. Argues that a sustainable society must have some continuity with socialist tradition, but must take diverse social forms. Sarkar is an active member of the Green movement, and is the author of a two-volume history of Green alternative politics in West Germany. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856496001
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/2/1999
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Saral Sarkar was a lecturer for the Goethe Institute, Hyderabad, and is the author of Green-Alternative Politics in West Germany (2 vols.) (UNU Press, 1993 and 1994).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Failure of the Soviet Socialist Model 1: Ecological Degradation and Limits to Growth
• The Failure of the Soviet Socialist Model 2: The New Class and Moral Degeneration
• The Natural Resource Base of an Economy: Illusions and Realities
• Why Eco-capitalism Won’t Work
• Eco-socialism: A New Way
• What about progress?

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