Eco-Socialism For Now and the Future

Practical Utopias and Rational Action

  • Robert Albritton

Part of the Palgrave Insights into Apocalypse Economics book series (PIAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 123-132

About this book


It is increasingly apparent that capitalism cannot stave off the truly frightening ecological disasters that threaten the future of life on earth. Is it an accident that the strongest and most capitalist economic force in the world, the US, is also that force that is most prone to the denial of the enormous dangers of global warming? While capitalism is a global force, it is not supported by the majority of the world, and much more thought and action is needed to integrate and globalize movements against oppression, injustice and ecological destruction. 

While changes at a local level are important and more feasible in our current world, ultimately changes at a global level may have greater long-term importance, and we need to greatly expand theorizations and mobilizations in this direction now. Robert Albritton proposes 'practical utopias' as a process of thinking by which short-term changes tend in the direction of desirable changes in the long term.


Eco-socialism Ecojustice Capitalism Climate change economics Political economy of global warming Apocalypse economics Financial crises Resource scarcity Economic governance Global governance Economic sociology Environmental economics Ecological economics United Nations Possessive individualism Economics of globalization Natural resource economics Sustainability and economics Economics of neoliberalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Albritton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsYork UniversityTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05182-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05183-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-8108
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-8116
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