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Max Ajl

is a post-doctoral fellow at Wageningen University and a researcher at the Observatory for Food Sovereignty and the Environment. His book, A People's Green New Deal, is forthcoming from Pluto Press. @maxajl

Degrowth Considered

The point of degrowth is to change the organizing principles of society, to adopt a creed of “simplicity, conviviality, and sharing,” and design new institutions, paired with localized economies—production, distribution, and consumption—and more equal distribution of resources

Beyond the Green New Deal

The agrarianist Wendell Berry wrote once that modernity had bred a dangerous and close-to-fatal ignorance about ecology. In contrast to earlier ways of life, our social relations, which are our productive relations, do not force us to reckon with the consequences of what we consume in the course of making our lives, including making the people who come after we do.

Andreas Malm’s Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency

One thumbs in vain through this book for any mention of the people who are not hypothetical, who are struggling in small, desperate, sincere, and hopeful ways for a better world. On this big, beautiful, desperate, poor, devastated planet are there no social forces which meet Malm’s standards for the subject or agent of ecological revolution or ecological Leninism?

Beyond the Green New Deal

Is it weird that it would be the pen of a plant breeder who specializes in perennial sorghum, Stan Cox of The Land Institute, that would give us the most concise, careful, and politically serious action program for responding to the climate crisis so far published?


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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