The Rise and Fall of Cheap Nature: Work, Power, and Capital in Making &Transcending the Planetary Crisis

Tuesday, December 13 – 7 pm
United SteelWorkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto


Jason W. Moore
Sociology, Binghamton University and author of Capitalism and the Web of Life (2015)

Commentary from:
Adrian Smith, Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University
Tania Hernandez Cervantes, Environmental Studies, York University

Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism’s greatest strength-and the source of its problems-is its capacity to create Cheap Natures: labor, food, energy, and raw materials. That capacity is now in question. Rethinking capitalism through the pulsing and renewing dialectic of humanity-in-nature, Moore takes readers on a journey from the rise of capitalism to the modern mosaic of crisis. Capitalism in the Web of Life shows how the critique of capitalism-in-nature-rather than capitalism and nature-is key to understanding our predicament, and to pursuing the politics of liberation in the century ahead.

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project and from York University: Global Labour Research Centre, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Department of Political Science and Department of Geography.

Event Poster

Audio | Jason W. Moore

Audio | Tania Hernandez Cervantes

Audio | Adrian Smith