Episode 4

Marxism and the Climate Crisis

Can Marxism offer a convincing understanding of the present climate crisis? What is the metabolic rift? How have different Marxists – Marx, Engels, Lukács, and others – theorised the relationship between capitalism and nature? How can we understand nature in a dialectical way? In this episode, Lukas Slothuus and Ashok Kumar talk about these and further questions with John Bellamy Foster, Editor of Monthly Review and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Oregon. John’s article The Return of the Dialectics of Nature: The Struggle for Freedom as Necessity is based on his Deutscher Memorial Lecture. from the most recent journal issue 30.2 of Historical Materialism.