Marx and Engels on ecology: A reply to radical critics
Date Written: 2017-07-31
Publisher: Climate and Capitalism
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21151
A review of the book "Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique" authored by Paul Burkett and John Bellamy Foster, who respond to critics of ecological Marxism with a comprehensive examination of what the founders of historical materialism wrote and thought about mankind's relationship to the earth.
Excerpt: Building on their previous work, Foster and Burkett have published Marx and the Earth as an anti-critique in the spirit of Frederick Engels and Rosa Luxemburg. Moving on from a thorough demonstration of the ecological sensibilities of Marx and Engels (and many other early Marxists) established in their previous writings, Foster and Burkett seek to extend and deepen their analysis by addressing six more recent ecological critiques arising from a range of left-wing environmental theorists and writers. They make the case that ecosocialist thought has gone through its own period of evolution.