Ian Angus is editor of the ecosocialist journal Climate & Capitalism. His recent books include Facing the Anthropocene and A Redder Shade of Green, both published by Monthly Review Press.
The Fishing Revolution and the Origins of Capitalism
In the Fishing Revolution, capital in pursuit of profit organized human labor to turn living creatures into an immense accumulation of commodities. From 1600 on, up to 250,000 metric tons of cod a year were caught, processed, and preserved in Newfoundland and transported across the ocean for sale.
March 23, 2023
Bankers lie about fossil fuel finance
The 13th annual Banking on Climate Chaos report exposes the stark disparity between public climate commitments being made by the world’s largest banks, and the reality of business-as-usual financing to the fossil fuel industry.
April 5, 2022
Scientists issue ‘dire warning’ on climate
People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit by climate change, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released today.
March 2, 2022
Against Enclosure: The Commoners Fight Back
In these and many other battles, commoners heroically fought to preserve their land and rights, but they were unable to stop the growth of a highly-profitable industry that was supported physically by the state and legally by the courts. As elsewhere, capital defeated the commons.
January 17, 2022
Fossil fuel cuts: Promises vs plans
The fossil fuel production gap — the difference between global fossil fuel production projected by governments’ plans (red line) and those consistent with 1.5°C- and 2°C-warming pathways (blue and green lines), as expressed in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions released when the extracted fuels are burned — remains large.
January 6, 2022
Dispossessed: Origins of the Working Class
The social order that capital’s apologists defend as inevitable and eternal is “the product of many economic revolutions, of the extinction of a whole series of older formations of social production.” Acceptance of the wages-system as a natural way to live and work did not happen easily.
December 16, 2021