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Ecological marxism or marxian political ecology?

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The twentieth century ended against a backdrop of global general crisis. The capitalist mode of production was extended to the ends of the Earth and gradually subjected all human activities to the reign of the commodity. The most plausible wager is that the necessary condition for the birth of a Marxian political ecology or an ecological Marxism is a complete, definitive supersession of the form taken by traditional Marxism as an intellectual and practical movement bound up with a given historical period - a movement, roughly speaking, encapsulated in, and reduced to, the collectivisation of the means of production without any alteration in social relations. The theoretical difficulties Marxist thought experiences in grasping the ecological question are the mirror image of those that still constitute an obstacle to integrating ecological struggles into a general struggle against capitalism.

Keywords: capitalism; Marxian Political Ecology

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