The Capitalinian: The First Geological Age of the Anthropocene

Authors

  • John Bellamy Foster
  • Brett Clark

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-073-04-2021-08_1

Keywords:

Capitalism, Marxist Ecology, Ecology, History, Political Economy

Abstract

Assuming that the Anthropocene will soon be officially designated as the earth's current epoch, there remains the question of the geological age with which the Anthropocene begins. Adopting the standard nomenclature for the naming of geological ages, the term Capitalinian is proposed as the most appropriate name for the new geological age, conforming to the historical period that environmental historians see as commencing around 1950, in the wake of the Second World War, the rise of multinational corporations, and the unleashing of the process of decolonization and global development.

Published

2021-09-05

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