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E.5 Can ethical consumerism stop the ecological crisis?

E.5 Can ethical consumerism stop the ecological crisis?

No. At best, it can have a limited impact in reducing environmental degradation and so postpone the ecological crisis. At worse, it could accelerate that crisis by creating new markets and thus increasing growth.

E.4 Can laissez-faire capitalism protect the environment?

E.4 Can laissez-faire capitalism protect the environment?

In a word, no. Here we explain why using as our example the arguments of a leading right-"libertarian."

E.3 Can private property rights protect the environment?

E.3 Can private property rights protect the environment?

Environmental issues have become increasingly important over the decades. When Murray Bookchin wrote his first works on our ecological problems in the 1950s, he was only one of a small band. Today, even right-wing politicians have to give at least some lip-service to environmental concerns while corporations are keen to present their green credentials to the general public (even if they do not, in fact, have any).

E.2 What do eco-anarchists propose instead of capitalism?

E.2 What do eco-anarchists propose instead of capitalism?

E.1 What are the root causes of our ecological problems?

E.1 What are the root causes of our ecological problems?

E.0 Section E Introduction

Section E - What do anarchists think causes ecological problems?

D.11 Can politics and economics be separated from each other?

D.11 Can politics and economics be separated from each other?

D.10 How does capitalism affect technology?

D.10 How does capitalism affect technology?

Technology has an obvious effect on individual freedom, in some ways increasing it, in others restricting it. However, since capitalism is a social system based on inequalities of power, it is a truism that technology will reflect those inequalities as it does not develop in a social vacuum. As Bookchin puts it:

D.9 Why does political power become concentrated under capitalism?

D.9 Why does political power become concentrated under capitalism?

  


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