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The Capitalinian: The First Geological Age of the Anthropocene

“The Capitalinian: The First Geological Age of the Anthropocene,” Monthly Review, vol. 73, no. 4 (September 2021), pp. 1-16. The geologic time scale, dividing the 4.6 billion years of Earth history into nested eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages, is one of the great scientific achievements of the last two centuries. Each division is directed […]

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Lukács and the Tragedy of Revolution

“Lukács and the Tragedy of Revolution,” Monthly Review 73, no. 9 (February 2022), pp. 1-12. In his 20s and early 30s, Georg Lukács emerged as one of Europe’s towering intellectuals, the author of the two-volume A History of the Development of Modern Drama (1908, 1911), Soul and Form (1910), Aesthetic Culture (1913), The Theory of the […]

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Against Doomsday Scenarios: What Is to Be Done Now?

“Against Doomsday Scenarios: What Is to Be Done Now?” (John Bellamy Foster interviewed by John Molyneux and Owen McCormick), Monthly Review 73, no. 7 (December 2021), pp. 1-16. [Published in Irish Marxist Review, November 2021.] John Molyneux and Owen McCormack: Given the extreme summer weather and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, […]

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The Planetary Rift

“The Planetary Rift” (Interview of Foster by Haris Golemis), transform! Yearbook 2021: Capitalism’s Deadly Threat (London: Merlin Press, 2021), pp. 57-72. [Reprinted in Monthly Review (November 2021), pp. 1-14. HG: With your pathbreaking article “Marx’s Theory of Metabolic Rift” (American Journal of Sociology, 1999), you challenged the then prevalent view, even among non-dogmatic Marxists, that […]

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The Contagion of Capital: Financialized Capitalism, COVID-19, and the Great Divide

“The Contagion of Capital: Financialized Capitalism, COVID-19, and the Great Divide” (coathored with R. Jamil Jonna and Brett Clark, Foster listed first), Monthly Review, vol. 72 no. 8 (January 2021), pp. 1-19. The U.S. economy and society at the start of 2021 is more polarized than it has been at any point since the Civil War. The […]

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Return of Nature and Marx’s Ecology

“Return of Nature and Marx’s Ecology” (Foster interviewed by Alejandro Pedregal), Monthly Review, “The vol. 72, no. 7 (December 2020): 1-16. [Finnish language version in Viento Sur, no. 172 (2020), pp. 101-115. John Bellamy Foster writes me before leaving Eugene, Oregon: “We had to evacuate. And we have to travel a long ways. But I […]

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Engels’s Dialectics of Nature in the Anthropocene

“Engels’s Dialectics of Nature in the Anthropocene,” Monthly Review  vol.72, no. 6 (November 2020), pp. 1-17. [Spanish translation in Izquierda, Contrapunt, November 29, 2020; Italian transltion in Di Antiper, December 3, 2020] In “The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man” from his Dialectics of Nature, Frederick Engels declared: “Everything […]

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China 2020: An Introduction

“China 2020: An Introduction,” Monthly Review  vol. 72, no. 5. (October 2020), pp. 1-5. The history of capitalism has been punctuated by periodic struggles for hegemony over the world economy, leading to a centuries-long series of world wars.1 In the twenty-first century, all signs are pointing to another such period of hegemonic struggle, this time […]

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The Renewal of the Socialist Ideal

“The Renewal of the Socialist Ideal,” Monthly Review  vol. 72, no. 4 (September 2020), pp. 1-13. [Turkish translation at Özgü, September 16, 2020; Chinese translation at  HYPERLINK “”; Portuguese translation, Insurgencia, November 1, 2020] Any serious treatment of the renewal of socialism today must begin with capitalism’s creative destruction of the bases of all […]

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