“The environmental crisis and capitalism”: Fred Magdoff and Lawrence Susskind


The environmental damage being done to the earth has reached crisis proportions. Many causes have been proposed: too many people; industrial society; human ignorance or inability to control themselves; human nature (greed); and a “perpetual growth philosophy.” Discussion will be focused on how the inner logic and normal functioning of our economic system is contributing to this crisis.

Fred Magdoff is professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont. He is author of numerous articles and books on agriculture, world food problems, and the environment. He is coauthor with John Bellamy Foster of What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (2011).

Lawrence Susskind, Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Director, MIT Science Impact Collaborative; Co-Director, Water Diplomacy Workshop

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