Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century

Category: Book
By (author): Malm, Andreas
Subject:  POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
  SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
Publisher: Verso Books
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.80in x 5.06in x 0.63in
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From The Publisher*What does the COVID 19 tell us about the climate breakdown, and what should we do about it?

The economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been unprecedented. Governments have spoken of being at war and find themselves forced to seek new powers in order to maintain social order and prevent the spread of the virus. This is often exercised with the notion that we will return to normal as soon as we can. What if that is not possible? Secondly, if the state can mobilize itself in the face of an invisible foe like this pandemic, it should also be able to confront visible dangers such as climate destruction with equal force.

In Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency, leading environmental thinker, Andreas Malm demands that this war-footing state should be applied on a permanent basis to the ongoing climate front line. He offers proposals on how the climate movement should use this present emergency to make that case. There can be no excuse for inaction any longer.
Review Quote*"The prose crackles-this is an urgent book … Electrifying."
-Spectre Journal

Praise for Fossil Capital:

"The best book written about the origins of global warming ... Like Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything, Fossil Capital trenchantly demonstrated that capitalism and capitalists are responsible for climate change."
– Michael Robbins, Bookforum

"Malm forcefully unmasks the assumption that economic growth has inevitably brought us to the brink of a hothouse Earth. Rather, as he shows in a subtle and surprising reinterpretation of the Industrial Revolution, it has been the logic of capital (especially the need to valorize immense sunk investments in fossil fuels), not technology or even industrialism per se, that has driven global warming."
– Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and Ecology of Fear

"Fossil Capital is a theoretical masterpiece and a political-economic-ecological manifesto. It looks unblinkingly at the catastrophe that could await human society if we fail to act on the words System Change or Climate Change. It is a book that I will return to again and again-and take notes."
– John Bellamy Foster, University of Oregon, author of Marx's Ecology

"The definitive deep history on how our economic system created the climate crisis. Superb, essential reading from one of the most original thinkers on the subject."
– Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

"A unique reconceptualization of the relationship between nature, capitalism, and Marxism."
– Jacobin
Biographical NoteAndreas Malm is a scholar of human ecology, teaching at Lund University. He the author of The Progress of this Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World and Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming, which won the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize.