"Notes on Exterminism" for the Twenty-First-Century Ecology and Peace Movements

Authors

  • John Bellamy Foster

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-074-01-2022-05_1

Keywords:

War, Climate Change, Capitalism, Ecology, History, Imperialism, Political Economy

Abstract

In 1980, the great English historian and Marxist theorist E. P. Thompson wrote the pathbreaking essay "Notes on Exterminism, the Last Stage of Civilization." Although the world has undergone a number of significant changes since, Thompson's essay remains a useful starting point in approaching the central contradictions of our times, characterized by the planetary ecological crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, New Cold War, and current "empire of chaos"—all arising from features deeply embedded in the contemporary capitalist political economy.

Published

2022-05-01

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