Capitalism and the Expropriation of Nature: The Strategic Discourse of Ecosocialism

April 26, 2018

John Bellamy Foster

Thursday, April 26, 7:00PM–9:00PM, Room 320, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, Vancouver EcosocialistsSFU Public Square, SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Ecological resistance in the twenty-first century has more and more been informed by the development of Marxian ecology and ecosocialism more generally. However, as ecosocialist analysis has grown, various divergent branches of thought have emerged, often in conflict with each other. Based on the conviction that clarity about capitalism’s relation to the environment is indispensable for the strategic understanding of present-day struggles, this talk will present some of the new research within Marxian ecology, bringing together the core issues of the expropriation of nature and the metabolic rift, and seeking to unite the ecosocialist movements of our time. 


John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He has written widely on political economy and has established a reputation as a major environmental sociologist. He is the author of Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (2000), The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (with Fred Magdoff, 2009), The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth (with Brett Clark and Richard York, 2010), and The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy (New Edition, 2014), among many others.