Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation
Paperback, 384 pages
Monthly Review Press, 2017
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.
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