2 Sep 2015, 7:14am
Zero Squared


Zero Squared #34: Defending Modernity

Leigh Phillips is a science writer and EU affairs journalist. His writing has appeared in Nature, the Guardian, Scientific American, and the Daily Telegraph. His book Austerity Ecology and the Collapse Porn Addicts is coming from Zero Books in October.

According to Phillips: modernity is not the cause of climate change and the wider biocrisis. It is indeed capitalism that is the source of our environmental woes, but capitalism as a mode of production, not the fuzzy understanding of capitalism of Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Derrick Jensen, Paul Kingsnorth and their anarcho-liberal epigones as a sort of globalist corporate malfeasance. 

In this episode you’ll hear from Derrick Jensen, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Stephen Fry reading from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. We’ll also flip down and up the dial on mainstream ecological paranoia,hear a clip from Negativland and listen to The Grateful Dead’s instrumental hit Cold Rain and Snow.

“Is this still capitalism? Or is it actually something worse?”

hey dl, any chance of getting graham on the podcast I believe he is back in the states these days?


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