A Redder Shade of Green Intersections of Science and Socialism

14/06/17
Author: 
Ian Angus
“A unique collection of articles explaining highly consequential debates in the natural and social sciences, as well as in environmental politics and theory. In a wonderfully accessible way, Angus clarifies the real-world implications of these debates and their importance in the struggle for a better world.”
Hannah Holleman, author, activist, and professor of sociology, Amherst College
 
A Redder Shade of Green is brilliant, useful, and well documented. In the face of the ongoing environmental catastrophe that capitalism cannot prevent, the author convincingly calls for a new alliance between Marxism and natural sciences.”
Daniel Tanuro, author, Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work
 
“More than a series of contributions that seeks to integrate Marxist social science and Earth System science, A Redder Shade of Green is a much-needed call for a new scientific ecosocialism of the 21st century.”
Federico Fuentes, editor, Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
 
“Beautifully written, engaging and illuminating, these essays offer a strong case for ecosocialism as a fusion of the sciences of nature and an updated Marxism, both recast now under the shadow of the Anthropocene.”
John Foran, professor of sociology and environmental studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
 
“Ian Angus demonstrates that twenty-first century socialism is necessarily ecological and that twenty-first century ecology is just as necessarily socialist. This is a profound work of hope that draws its strength from its courageous confrontation with the challenges and burdens of our time.”
John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review
 
“Ian Angus has long been at the forefront of bringing together the socialist and environmental movements, and these thought-provoking essays demonstrate his wonderful ability to make complex scientific and political ideas accessible. Much food for further debate.”
Martin Empson, author, Land and Labour: Marxism, Ecology and Human History

As the Anthropocene advances, people across the red-green political spectrum seek to understand and halt our deepening ecological crisis. Environmentalists, scientists, and ecosocialists share concerns about the overuse of natural resources, but often differ on explanations and solutions. Some blame environmental disasters on overpopulation. Others wonder if Darwin’s evolutionary theories disprove Marx’s revolutionary views, or if capitalist history contradicts Anthropocene science. Some ask if all this worry about climate change and the ecosystem might lead to a “catastrophism” that weakens efforts to heal the planet.

Ian Angus responds to these concerns in A Redder Shade of Green, with a fresh, insightful clarity, bringing socialist values to science, and scientific rigor to socialism. He challenges not only mainstream green thought, but also radicals who misuse or misrepresent environmental science. Angus’s argument that confronting environmental destruction requires both cutting-edge scientific research and a Marxist understanding of capitalism makes this book an essential resource in the fight to prevent environmental destruction in the twenty-first century.

Ian Angus is editor of the ecosocialist journal Climate & Capitalism. His book, Facing the Anthropocene, has been described as “a crisp, eloquent, and deeply informed call to arms by a leading ecosocialist” by Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums, and as “the best radical book on the state of the planet I have read in the past year” by John Foran, co-founder of the Climate Justice Project and author of Taking Power: On the Origins of Third World Revolutions

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