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[Lund, Sweden] Race, Capital, and the Climate – Contemporary Perspectives and Marxist Reflections

Two trends intersect in the present; rapidly rising temperatures and rapid advances of the far right. What happens when they meet? 

The Zetkin Collective has during the last one and a half year been conducting the first systematic inquiry into the political ecology of the far right in the twenty-first century. In particular, their focus has been on how the far right can give expression to the same trend across different countries and different contexts. Lise Benoist, a member of the collective, will briefly introduce their work.

Kevin B. Anderson, member of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, has in his book Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies, tried to show that Marx’s critique of capital was far broader than usually supposed. In the book, Anderson discusses and analyses Marx’s writings on race and ethnicity, and argues that Marx never separated these questions from his critique of capital. Anderson’s talk will depart from his book and discuss how Marx’s writings can influence our analysis of issues of racism, sexism, capitalism, and resistance.

 

The Zetkin Collective is a group of scholars, activists and students working on the political ecology of the far right. It was formed around the Human Ecology division at Lund University in the summer of 2018. Lise Benoist is a MSc student in Human Ecology at Lund University and a member of the collective (read to more about collective on thezetkincollective.org).  

The International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO) aims to develop and project a viable vision of an alternative to capitalism – a new, human society – that can give direction to today’s freedom struggles. IMHO was formed in 2008 in the United States. Kevin B. Anderson is a member and professor of sociology at University of California Santa Barbara (read more about IMHO on imhojournal.org).