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Fred Magdoff & John Bellamy Foster: 'What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism' (exclusive excerpt)

Fred Magdoff & John Bellamy Foster: 'What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism' (exclusive excerpt)

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August 1, 2011 -- Monthly Review Press has kindly given permission to Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal to publish an exclusive excerpt from Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster's just released What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism. You can download the excerpt HERE (PDF), or read at http://links.org.au/node/2429. John Bellamy Foster will be a featured international guest at the second World at a Crossroads: Climate Change – Social Change Conference, Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011, Melbourne University. See http://climatechangesocialchange2011.wordpress.com/
August 1, 2011 -- Monthly Review Press has kindly given permission to Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal to publish an exclusive excerpt from Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster's just released What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism. You can download the excerpt HERE (PDF), or read at http://links.org.au/node/2429. John Bellamy Foster will be a featured international guest at the second World at a Crossroads: Climate Change – Social Change Conference, Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011, Melbourne University. See http://climatechangesocialchange2011.wordpress.com/

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What Every Environmentalist Needsto Know about Capitalism
 A Citizen’s Guide to Capitalism and the Environment 
Fred Magdoff 
and
 John Bellamy Foster
MONTHLY REVIEW PRESS
 New York
 
Copyright © 2011 by Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy FosterAll rights reservedLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataMagdoff, Fred, 1942–What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism : a citizen'sguide to capitalism and the environment / Fred Magdoff and John BellamyFoster.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-1-58367-241-9 (pbk. : alk. paper) —ISBN 978-1-58367-242-6(cloth : alk. paper) 1. Environmental economics. 2. Capitalism.3. Environmentalism—Economic aspects. 4. Environmentalism—Politicalaspects. 5. Environmental policy. I. Foster, John Bellamy. II. Title.HC79.E5M329 2011330.12'2—dc232011021515Monthly Review Press146 West 29th Street, Suite 6WNew York, New York 10001www.monthlyreview.orgwww.MRzine.org5 4 3 2 1
 
3. The Growth Imperativeof Capitalism
It is this obsession with capital accumulation that distinguishescapitalism from the simple system for satisfying human needs it isportrayed as in mainstream economic theory. And a system drivenby capital accumulation is one that never stands still, one that isforever changing, adopting new and discarding old methods of production and distribution, opening up new territories, subject-ing to its purposes societies too weak to protect themselves.Caught up in this process of restless innovation and expansion,the system rides roughshod over even its own beneficiaries if theyget in its way or fall by the roadside. As far as the natural environ-ment is concerned, capitalism perceives it not as something to becherished and enjoyed but as a means to the paramount ends of profit-making and still more capital accumulation.
PAUL M. SWEEZY
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The economic system that dominates nearly all corners of theworld is capitalism. For most of us, capitalism is so much a partof our lives that it is invisible, like the air we breathe. We are as

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