Mon 5.25.15 | Is Overpopulation the Culprit?

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Too few resources, too many people. That's the received wisdom in most of the environmental movement, mainstream or radical. But can that assumption withstand close scrutiny? Not according to population scholar Betsy Hartmann, who interrogates whether overpopulation is a main -- or the main -- cause of our ecological woes. She also discusses the far Right's courting of liberal environmentalism.

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Mon 5.04.15 | Feminist Visionaries

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They were socialists, free love advocates, birth control campaigners, and trade unionists. Feminist historian Sheila Rowbotham describes the women who transformed gender relations in the US and the UK at the turn of the last century, prefiguring in many ways the New Left, and embodying an optimism about social change that is sorely lacking today.

Wed 4.29.15 | Going to Waste

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Prodigious amounts of usable and edible waste are produced by commercial enterprises. They, and the capitalist system, try to keep that waste out of public view. Alex Barnard and Marie Mourad discuss the politics of waste and describe efforts, by freegans and Disco Soupe and others, to recover and reclaim and, in some cases, live off of waste.

Tues 4.28.15 | Heidegger, the Personal, and the Political

Peter Cannavò and Joseph H. Lane Jr., eds., Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Cannon MIT Press, 2014

Environmental Philosophy



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We often act in isolation, or feel like we do. According to Scott Cameron, the German philosopher Martin Heidegger emphasized the social meaning and significance of individual actions. Cameron uses Heidegger to evaluate personal conduct in relation to, among other things, climate change. And Peter Cannavò discusses the volume to which Cameron contributed.

Mon 4.27.15 | No Alternative?

Richard Swift, S.O.S. Alternatives to Capitalism New Internationalist, 2014






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Since the global financial crisis, capitalism has been seen as the culprit for so many of the world's woes, from inequality to the destruction of the environment. Yet no other system appears to be viable. But is that in fact the case? Journalist Richard Swift assesses anarchism, state socialism, social democracy, and the left turn in Latin America. He makes the case for eco-socialism and degrowth.

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