Earth in Crisis: Staying With the Trouble

Convened by Fred Murphy and Steve Knight

As the earth system enters a new climate regime marked by global warming, mass extinctions, ocean acidification, droughts, floods, food shortages, migrations, and other manifestations of crisis, the mainstream media and public figures swerve between denial and panic. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says we have only twelve years, but what happens in year thirteen and beyond? This reading group will consider how climate activists and critical thinkers can maintain equilibrium and avoid despair by “staying with the trouble” —Donna Haraway’s phrase for living through planetary chaos and struggling alongside our fellow human and nonhuman beings. We will read and discuss Haraway’s recent essay collection with that title and related works such as Bruno Latour, Down to Earth; Anna Tsing et al., Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet; and John Clark, Between Earth and Empire.

Online participation by Zoom teleconferencing can be arranged for mobility-challenged participants or those outside the New York City area. Registration and payment is available at

FRED MURPHY and STEVE KNIGHT have co-led the Ecosocialism Study Group since 2016. Both are active in DSA’s climate justice work. Fred studied and taught historical sociology at The New School for Social Research. Steve reviews books for Marx & Philosophy and is active in faith-centered environmental group

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Climate Leviathan

The Political Challenge of Global Warming
Convened by Fred Murphy and Steve Knight

How will anthropogenic climate disruption transform alter the world’s basic political arrangements? In their new book Climate Leviathan, Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright warn that global warming will push capitalist elites toward an authoritarian imposition of “planetary sovereignty” to confront the crisis. In this four-week reading group we will examine their argument and the alternative they present: “a global, grassroots, and broad-based network … driven by a desire for a deeper form of democracy, one that provides communities with real control over those resources that are most critical to collective survival—the health of the water, air, and soil.”

FRED MURPHY has co-led several MEP study groups on Marxism, science, nature, and ecosocialism. He studied and taught historical sociology at the New School for Social Research. STEVE KNIGHT has participated in and co-led MEP study groups on ecosocialism since 2015. His review of Shock of the Anthropocene is forthcoming in the journal Marx & Philosophy.

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Creating An Ecological Society

Towards a revolutionary transformation

Why Capitalism Must Go to Save the Earth
Capitalism is the problem and creating a new society is both possible and essential.

Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. Among his recent books are What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (with John Bellamy Foster) and Agriculture and Food in Crisis (edited with Brian Tokar).

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