Thursday, November 12, 2009
The paradox of climate change: John Bellamy Foster's The Ecological Revolution reviewed
Posted by Bob Sommer
John Bellamy Foster, The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet (Monthly Review Press, 2009). Paperback, $17.95.
Assembled from articles and talks over a number of years, The Ecological Revolution provides an overview of the climate change crisis and a refreshing look at the work of Karl Marx in an environmental context.
Foster edits The Monthly Review, where several of the chapters originally appeared. If the book has any flaw, it is that some of the chapters have overlapping information that was not edited out for purposes of a book-length work. That said, this is an important book that goes to the core of the climate change crisis. Until we re-evaluate our economic philosophy in the context of its root causes and the planet’s limitations, we’re not likely find an answerable, long-term solution.