Ecology and Socialism in Minneapolis
featuring Chris Williams, author, Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis
Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 11:00am
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This class will examine the capitalist roots of the multi-faceted ecological crisis via a Marxist economic and political analysis. Background will include discussion of the science of climate change, the issue of population and the structural and geopolitical constraints on capitalism that prevent a systemic and coordinated response to the crisis with particular reference to the United States. The course will include a critique of mainstream solutions with specific suggestions for what we need to fight for now in the context of the new spirit of global revolt that was born in 2011 in Tunisia, Egypt and with the Occupy movement in the US. The historical record of Marxists, beginning with the ecological writings of Marx and Engels, will be used to frame the class and analyze what sustainability really means and some central elements of a sustainable society.
The course will include an in-depth reading of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis (Haymarket Books, 2010) with the author alongside other contemporary short readings and extensive discussion and debate of Marxism and ecology in the context of the present political moment.
Chris Williams is a longtime environmental activist, author and adjunct professor at Pace University in the dept of chemistry and physical science teaching courses in energy and the environment, physics and chemistry. He is chair of the science department at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn. His writings have appeared in Z Magazine, Counterpunch, The Indypendent, Dissident Voice, International Socialist Review, Truth Out, Socialist Worker, ZNet and Climate and Capitalism.
Sliding scale: $45 - $65 * Free for Brecht Forum subscribers