The Rise and Fall of Cheap Nature: Work, Power, and Capital in Making &Transcending the Planetary Crisis
Tuesday, December 13th, 7 pm
Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
* Jason. W. Moore
Sociology, Binghamton University and author of Capitalism and the Web of Life (2015)
* Adrian Smith, Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University
* Tania Hernandez Cervantes, Environmental Studies, York University
Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project and from York University: Global Labour Research Centre, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Department of Political Science and Department of Geography.
Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected?
In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature.
Capitalism’s greatest strength—and the source of its problems—is its capacity to create Cheap Natures: labor, food, energy, and raw materials. That capacity is now in question. Rethinking capitalism through the pulsing and renewing dialectic of humanity-in-nature, Moore takes readers on a journey from the rise of capitalism to the modern mosaic of crisis. Capitalism in the Web of Life shows how the critique of capitalism-in-nature—rather than capitalism and nature—is key to understanding our predicament, and to pursuing the politics of liberation in the century ahead.
“If nothing else, the climate crisis demonstrates that the history of capitalism is a thoroughly ‘environmental’ one. This energizing book proposes an inventive framework for making sense of that past, and for orienting ourselves as we get down to the business of changing the future.”
– Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine