Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature History and the Crisis of Capitalism Edited by Jason W Moore (2016), Capitalocene, Christian Parenti, Construction of Erie Canal, Environment-making, Political Ecology of the State
Athabasca Tar Sands – Alberta – Canada
Before and after arrival of oil companies
The third and final part of my series on the book, Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (Kairos Books, 2016), edited by Jason W. Moore, is a synopsis of Christian Parenti’s article on “Environment-Making in the Capitalocene Political Ecology of the State.” A sociologist and geographer, Christian Parenti is a professor of Global Liberal Studies at the New York University.
Parenti’s core argument is that “the state is an inherently environmental entity, and as such, it is at the heart of the value form.” Within its territorial borders, the modern state controls the surface of the earth – the biosphere. Continue reading