Ecosocialism is a radical social theory and variant of red-green politics. It documents the connections between the dynamics of capitalist relations and their destructive effects on the biosphere, including human life. Given the ecosocialist commitment to Marxian analysis, it is also dubbed ecological Marxism. Ecosocialism is constructed through a series of critiques: critique of “green” economics, liberal environmentalism, and other “within-the-system” remedies to ecological degradation; critique of deep ecology and bioregionalism; critique of classical socialist politics and of “actually existing socialisms” etc. (see, e.g., Kovel 2007). But it is capitalism―in its multiple, interwoven expressions―that is the ecosocialist’s primary focus and starting point of conceptualization and praxis.

The crisis, the alternative, and the commons movement

The Crisis

The crisis of the dominant system marks the end of an epoch. It is not another phase of the same. Capitalism is unable to keep its promises of eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring social justice, respecting the environment, and overcoming the South-North divide. It defends by means of warfare “its” right to resources South and North. It thereby pillages nature and identifies quality of life with economic “well-being.”

Syriza Wins!

The world-wide interest in the historic victory of the Greek anti-austerity left in the recent elections bears witness to the profound implications of this development for a European continent still mired in deep economic crisis. A result of the failures (or successes, depending on one’s class standpoint) of the European response to the ongoing economic crisis, the victory of Syriza (an acronym which, in Greek, stands for ‘Coalition of the Radical left’) adds to the rifts that are developing within Europe while also prefiguring the future social and political struggles that will determine how the European crisis is resolved.

The Coming Destituent Flood

On September 22, 2014, a flood will descend upon Wall Street and financial centers across the globe, an emergent flood of collective disobedience, creativity, and shared compassion and existential terror to confront ghoulish capitalism, states, corporations, and financial institutions relentlessly unraveling the planet’s delicate network of ecosystems. Flood Wall Street will bring swelling waters forcing a necessary disruption to the flow of capital, which acts as the pathogenic blood pumped through the planetary body progressively bringing about its decay.

The Lima Ecosocialist Declaration / Declaración Ecosocialista de Lima

Declaration of the Ecosocialist International Network before COP20 in Lima, Peru (December 2015)

Our lives are worth more than their profits!

The imminent climate crisis that we confront today is a grave threat to the preservation of life on the planet. Many academic and political works have confirmed the fragility of life on earth to temperature change. Only a few degrees can cause – and are causing – an ecological catastrophe of incalculable consequences. Now we are experiencing the deadly effects of this situation. The melting ice, the contamination of the atmosphere, rising sea levels, desertification, and the increasing intensity of the weather, are all proof.

CNS Journal – Vol. 23, 3 (July 2014)

CNS Journal – Vol. 23, 3 (July 2014)

In Volume 23, Issue 3, we pay tribute to comrade Frans Timmerman, and authors consider: the role of technical know-how in revolutionary futures, body and environment, degrowth and demonetisation, connections between climate change and revolution, red-green movement prospects in the People’s Republic of China, Maoism-based struggles against mining devastation in The Philippines, water commodification in Andean regions of South America, Canada as settler colonial reality.

The European Network in Political Ecology (ENTITLE) joins the editorial board of Capitalism Nature Socialism in its statement in support of Professor David Correia. As individual researchers and as a collective we are passionately committed to combining our scientific work with a commitment to democracy and social and environmental justice. Therefore, we stand with David Correia and those who protest peacefully to defend their rights and ideas. We hope that the local authorities will drop all charges against Prof. Correia and that the University of New Mexico will support him for his commitment to democratic participation and involvement in the local community.

In support of David Correia

The Editors of the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism are deeply disappointed by the University of New Mexico Administration distancing themselves from their Associate Professor of American Studies and our Senior Editor, David Correia, who has been unjustifiably arrested and charged with a felony during a peaceful protest. In doing so, The University of New Mexico Administration have missed an opportunity to make a clear statement in support of the academic freedom of a faculty member.

“F**K Diamond,” Deconstruct Everything, Cite Marx: A Reaction

“Jared Diamond is back at it, once again trading in the familiar determinist tropes that earned him a Pulitzer Prize for his 1999 book Guns, Germs and Steel,” opens David Correia in his recent diatribe entitled “F**K Diamond.” The essay, purportedly a review (?) of Diamond’s latest book, builds into the now familiar rant attributing to Diamond racism, simple-mindedness, and over-generalization. The title of Correia’s essay and his tone throughout leave no doubt that he experiences a measure of glee writing this response piece. However, I have a question, did Correia even read Diamond’s latest book?