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Ecosocialism

  • By: John O'Sullivan
  • In: Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Sociology, Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Ecosocialism, sociologist ecology, or green socialism is a theory synthesizing elements of the antiglobalization movement, anarchy, ecology, green politics, socialism, and Marxism. Much of ecosocialism is theoretical work exploring the lines between these other ideologies, how they fit together, and critique of each element. Ecosocialists commonly believe that the capitalist system is unsustainable, filled with contradictions, and the cause of social alienation, vast disparities between the rich and poor, imperialism, destruction of the environment, global hegemonic systems, and repressive states. Ecosocialists support the systematic disassembling of the state and capitalism via nonviolent means and creating a new system that focuses on shared commons, collective ownership, and freely associated producers.

Ecosocialism is a continually developing theory and ideology that is critical of each of the various parts ...

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