Marx and Engels and ‘Small Is Beautiful’

Marx and Engels and ‘Small Is Beautiful’ & A Response,” [PDF] (Samar Bagchi, John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff) Monthly Review, vol. 63, no. 9 (February 2012), pp. 52-55.

I am a regular reader of Monthly Review. I read with interest the recent articles on ecology and Marxism…. It is true that Marx and Engels conceived that capitalism engenders a “metabolic rift” in nature and society. But both of them emphasized that the industrial growth that socialism would produce is beyond imagination under capitalism…. In the middle of the nineteenth century, it was impossible for Marx and Engels to envisage the ecological catastrophe that a constantly expanding industrial society can ensue.

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