Introduction: Consuming Everything—Capitalism and the Imperative of Total Extractivism

  • Alexander Dunlap
  • Jostein Jakobsen


The earth and its inhabitants are on a trajectory of cascading socio-ecological crisis driven by techno-capitalist development. Presenting the aim and scope of this book, the introduction lays out the key conceptual issue of total extractivism, naming the spirit and amalgamation of violent technologies comprising the totalizing imperative and tension at the heart of the present catastrophic trajectory. Total extractivism denotes how the techno-capitalist world system harbors a rapacious appetite for all life—total consumption of human and non-human resources—that destructively reconfigures the earth. Drawing on hostile, dissident authors and their companions—humans who have resisted techno-capitalism—the introduction sets the scene for viewing the Leviathanic capitalist state system and its expanding grid of extractive infrastructures as the Worldeater(s).


Capitalism Extractivism Crisis Extraction Violence 


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  • Alexander Dunlap
    • 1
  • Jostein Jakobsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Development & the EnvironmentUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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