A Redder Shade of Green: Intersections of Science and Socialism

A Redder Shade of Green: Intersections of Science and Socialism

by Ian Angus


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A socialist response to the looming ecological crisis

As the Anthropocene advances, people across the red-green political spectrum seek to understand and halt our deepening ecological crisis. Environmentalists, scientists, and eco-socialists share concerns about the misuse and overuse of natural resources, but often differ on explanations and solutions. Some blame environmental disasters on overpopulation. Others wonder if Darwin’s evolutionary theories disprove Marx’s revolutionary views, or if capitalist history contradicts Anthropocene science. Some ask if all this worry about climate change and the ecosystem might lead to a “catastrophism” that weakens efforts to heal the planet.

Ian Angus responds to these concerns in A Redder Shade of Green , with a fresh, insightful clarity, bringing socialist values to science, and scientific rigor to socialism. He challenges not only mainstream green thought, but also radicals who misuse or misrepresent environmental science. Angus’s argument that confronting environmental destruction requires both cutting-edge scientific research and a Marxist understanding of capitalism makes this book an essential resource in the fight to prevent environmental destruction in the 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583676455
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 06/22/2017
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ian Angus is editor of the online ecosocialist journal Climate and Capitalism . He is also the author of Facing the Anthropocene.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Essential Debates at the Intersections of Science and Socialism 7

Part 1 Natural Science and the Making of Scientific Socialism 13

1 Marx and Engels and the Red Chemist 15

2 Marx and Engels and Darwin 27

Part 2 Responding to the Anthropocene 47

3 A Challenge that Socialists Cannot Ignore 49

4 Ecomodernists and the "Good Anthropocene" 58

5 The Most Dangerous Environmentalist Concept? 67

Part 3 Numbers Are Not Enough 87

6 Tunnel Vision at the Royal Society 89

7 The Return of the Population Bombers 99

8 Did NASA Predict Civilization's Collapse? 113

Part 4 Saving Species, Saving Oceans 123

9 Third World Farming and Biodiversity 125

10 More Plastic than Fish 131

Part 5 Toward an Ecological Civilization 139

11 The Myth of "Environmental Catastrophism" 141

12 Ecosocialists and the Fight for Climate Justice 158

13 Ecosocialism: A Society of Good Ancestors 166

Acknowledgments 180

Notes 181

Index 197

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