World-Ecology Research Collective

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World-Ecology Research Collective, Binghamton University

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Interested in comparing Ernst Mandel and Carl Schmitt's theories regarding the relationship between the fighting on war and formation of concrete historical political subjectivities.

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The climate crisis is anthropogenic. Literally, “made by humans.” We’re told this every time we read or watch or hear climate news. We hear it almost every time we hear a scholar speak on climate change, or when we read a book or article on the climate crisis. The “anthropogenic” party line finds few dissidents, regardless of academic discipline or political sympathy. This is the ideological project of the Popular Anthropocene – distinct from, and yet enabled by, key players in the geological and earth-system sciences. Saying the climate crisis is “human-caused” is not just a language problem, but a mode of reasoning implicated in the climate crisis itself. Both are rooted in a dark history. This legacy is the long and violent history of Civilizing Projects.
No civilization has been more Promethean than capitalism in its aspirations. Named after the Greek Titan who gave fire to humankind, Prometheanism is understood as a kind of environmental—but not (necessarily) environmentalist—strategy for the domination and management of something usually called Nature. Unfortunately, the discussion often stops there. But if Prometheanism is domination, How does it turn a profit? This is an elementary, yet frequently, unasked question of a civilization that dispenses with everything ill-suited to the law of value. The uncontroversial statement that capitalism is a system of profit-maximizing class power hasn’t translated to a dialectical synthesis of power and profit in the web of life. There are surely many reasons for this. One of them is the systematic acceptance on the left of Nature as a value-free concept. And yet, historically, bourgeois naturalism has been the ideological lynchpin of successive Civilizing Projects and Malthusian moments. To ignore this is to disarm struggles for climate justice and planetary socialism.
Lewis and Maslin explore geological markers for the beginning of the "Anthropocene"-beginning, in their periodization, in either 1492 (naming the birth of capitalism as the cause of planetary crisis) or 1945 (naming elite-driven militarization as its cause). In this essay, I argue for a synthesis of these two dynamics, locating both the birth of capitalism and a transformation of elite-driven militarization in the conquest of the New World during the Long Sixteenth Century. As such, I propose narrating planetary history through a "capitalocene as polemocene," "the age of capital as an age of war" framework.
Die kapitalistische Aneignung der Natur gleicht einem ausbeuterischen Klassenverhältnis, so Jason Moore. Interview mit Jason Moore geführt von Michael Kleinod Der weltökologische Ansatz des US-amerikanischen Sozialwissenschaftlers Jason W. Moore sorgt unter ökologisch Bewegten für Begeisterung und Kontroversen. Er will verständlich machen, wie die Zerstörung unseres Planeten mit dem globalen Kapitalismus, geschlechtlicher und kolonialer Herrschaft verbunden ist. Mit dem Buch Entwertung – eine Geschichte der Welt in sieben billigen Dingen hatten Moore und Raj Patel bereits 2018 eine kluge und leicht zugängliche Einführung seines Ansatzes der »Weltökologie« vorgelegt. Nun erschien letztes Jahr auch sein Hauptwerk unter dem Titel Kapitalismus im Lebensnetz – Ökologie und die Akkumulation des Kapitals auf Deutsch. Er erklärt, warum eskalierende Unberechenbarkeit das Zeichen unserer Zeit ist, und warum wir sowohl in kleinen Gemeinschaften handeln, als auch die große Politik in Angriff nehmen müssen.

Lab head

Jason W. Moore
  • Department of Sociology
About Jason W. Moore
  • Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (University of California Press, 2017). Website:

Members (4)

John Peter Antonacci
  • Binghamton University
Marija Radovanovic
  • Binghamton University
Engin Burak Yilmaz
  • Binghamton University
Adam Joseph Benjamin
  • Binghamton University