Capitalism, socialism, and the environment

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Which economic system is better for the environment, capitalism or socialism? This interesting question is the subject of two recent books, Ecology and Socialism, by environmental activist and adjunct science professor at Pace University, Chris Williams (Williams 2010), and The Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on the Earth, by three environmental sociologists (Foster et al. 2010). Both books argue that only a radical revolution, which immediately transforms society along socialist principles, will prevent capitalism from causing ecological disaster. The question has also been the subject of much recent theoretical and empirical research, which has yielded many new insights. Unfortunately, neither book examines much of the evidence on the subject, and most of the arguments made in both books lack empirical support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-236
Number of pages11
JournalNature and Culture
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 30 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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