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Ecological Imperialism and Marx's Capitalism
This paper discusses ecological imperialism in light of Marx's views on capitalism.
# 108426 | 1,042 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2008 in Political Science (General) , Economics (General) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper looks at how political imperialism and capitalist forces are closely connected with ecological imperialism. In particular, the paper examines the theories of Alfred W. Crosby and Karl Marx on imperialism and looks at how they relate to ecological imperialism. The paper first discusses Crosby's thesis that imperialism did not only change the political and social structures of colonies but also affected their ecological systems. The paper then looks at Marx's arguments about the damage caused by capitalism. According to Marx, capitalism was a force that treated laborers as machines and did not give them the value they deserved. This degradation of work leads to degradation of environment and ecology.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Karl Marx, Capital, volume 1 (New York: Vintage, 1976), p. 896; Malthus to Ricardo, August 17, 1817, in David Ricardo, Works and Correspondence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1952), vol. 7
  • Alfred W. Crosby, Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986).
  • Karl Marx, The Poverty of Philosophy (New York: International Publishers, 1963)
  • Accion Ecologica, "No More Plunder, They Owe Us the Ecological Debt!" (Retrieved October 10, 2007 from, 1999).

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