The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism Or the End of the World?

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Zed Books, 2007 - Political Science - 329 pages

We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy us. Capitalism and its by-products - imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty and the destruction of community - are all playing a part in the destruction of our ecosystem.

Only now are we beginning to realise the depth of the crisis and the kind of transformation which will have to occur to ensure our survival. This second, thoroughly updated, edition of The Enemy of Nature speaks to this new environmental awareness. Joel Kovel argues against claims that we can achieve a better environment through the current Western 'way of being'. By suggesting a radical new way forward, a new kind of 'ecosocialism', Joel Kovel offers real hope and vision for a more sustainable future.



The ecological crisis 385
On ecologies
Capital and the domination of nature

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Joel Stephen Kovel was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 27, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1957 and a medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained at Downstate Psychoanalytic Institute in Brooklyn. He was director of resident training in psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx from 1977 to 1983. He was also a professor of psychiatry there until 1986. He left to teach courses in Marx and Freud at the New School in Manhattan and later taught at Bard College from 1988 to 2009. Kovel was the founder of ecosocialism. He wrote several books including White Racism: A Psychohistory, A Complete Guide to Therapy, Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, and The Lost Traveller's Dream. He died from pneumonia and autoimmune encephalitis on April 30, 2018 at the age of 81.

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