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On domination, extinction, and capitalism's long history of slaughter.


We can't maintain biodiversity in a world in which there is unrestrained, hyper-capitalist exploitation based on ceaseless growth. It's fairly obvious that a system based on ceaseless expansion, on a finite planet, is going to run up against natural limits. And the extinctions we're seeing right now is one of the prime examples of that.

Author Ashley Dawson examines the ways capitalism has powered a wave of extinctions across the globe - by amplifying the brutality of our colonial past, to coopting future solutions to environmental crises - and explains why resisting further ecocide, and hopelessness, requires a globally connected fight against capitalism itself.

Ashley is author of Extinction: A Radical History from OR Books.

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Ashley Dawson

Ashley Dawson is an author, the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton Environmental Institute and a Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.


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