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The Dialectical Legacy of Richard Levins (1930-2016)

The Dialectical Legacy of Richard Levins (1930-2016)

The ecologist Richard Levins, who passed away in January, was a revolutionary in more ways than one. He made numerous scientific contributions in population genetics, biomathematics, and community ecology, and he served as the head of the human ecology program at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was also blacklisted under McCarthyism in the […]

A World of Change – Welcome to the Anthropocene

A World of Change – Welcome to the Anthropocene

Human beings have radically altered the Earth, adapting nature in the struggle to survive and thrive. The pace of change accelerated rapidly with the development of agriculture and class-based society. It hit breakneck speed in the industrial revolution, and with post-war scientific and technological breakthroughs. Many now say that we have entered a distinctive geological […]

Marxism and the Environment

Marxism and the Environment

Marxism is often mistakenly accused of taking the environment for granted – in the pursuit of the economic growth needed to alleviate poverty and want. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Drawing on the works of Marx and Engels, and the experience of the first years of the Russian revolution. There are two […]

“The Entrepreneurial State” by Mariana Mazzucato
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“The Entrepreneurial State” by Mariana Mazzucato

Somewhere along the line, we’ve all heard these arguments in favour of capitalism: progress is based on competition, risk taking and innovation – capitalism encourages risk takers and rewards them; we might need state ‘enterprise’ for essential infrastructure like water and electricity but, in the area of new technology, the dynamism of the private sector will always […]

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How Capitalism Stifles Science

How Capitalism Stifles Science

We are told that capitalism drives innovation and progress but the truth is production for profit mostly hampers the ability of science and technique to advance. All throughout the world people needing medical attention for diseases, curable or otherwise, are often neglected on the basis that it is unprofitable to treat them. Piling on top […]