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Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation

Creating an Ecological Society

Paperback, 384 pages
Monthly Review Press, 2017
ISBN: 1583676295

Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, who have devoted their lives to activism, Marxist analysis, and ecological science, provide informed, fascinating accounts of how a new world can be created from the ashes of the old. Their book shows that it is possible to envision and create a society that is genuinely democratic, equitable, and ecologically sustainable. And possible—not one moment too soon—for society to change fundamentally and be brought into harmony with nature.

Video of a talk by Fred Magdoff on “Climate Change, Capitalism, and Socialism”
Interview with Magdoff and Williams from Truth-Out
Review by Ron Jacobs, from Counterpunch

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Bellamy Foster


PART ONE: Why an Alternative Is Essential
1. The Social and Ecological Planetary Emergency
2. The Root of the Social-Ecological Crisis
3. Capitalism versus the Biosphere
4. Capitalism’s Effects on People

PART TWO: Is an Ecological Society Possible?
5. Humans as Part of Nature
6. Does “Human Nature” Prevent System Change?
7. Equality as Biological Fact

PART THREE: Learning from Nature
8. The Biosphere: Cycles of Life
9. Developing Resilient Social-Ecological Systems
10. Ecological Approaches to Fulfilling Human Needs

PART FOUR: Toward a New Society
11. Living in an Ecological Society
12. Revolution: Creating an Ecological Society

“This must-read book provides a powerfully clear analysis of the inherently destructive nature of capitalist relations of production to global humanity and to the survival of the larger environment of organisms of which human beings are an integral life force. The authors make a convincing, urgent call for a decisive choice to revolt and to transform our lives and replenish our planet through systematic expansion of promising, sustainable projects of social and environmental justice.” —Danny Glover, Citizen-Artist

“Pushing back against pervasive and debilitating pessimism, Magdoff and Williams have revived the hard work of imagining what an eco-socialist future might actually involve. Regardless of what the future holds, our present struggles will benefit from the optimism of their political imagination.” —Christian Parenti, author, Tropic of Chaos

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